KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Andrew Holness has been returned as leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
That was the outcome of Sunday’s leadership race that saw Holness being challenged by Audley Shaw, a long-standing member of the opposition party.
When the votes were counted on Sunday afternoon, it was revealed that Holness won by 2704 votes to Shaw’s 2012.
The voting process was overseen by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) got underway on Sunday morning with reports of a high voter turnout.
Just under 6000 delegates were registered to vote.
In August, Shaw announced his intention to challenge Andrew Holness – a former prime minister – for the leadership of the party. After advising Holness and other party officials, the former Finance Minister embarked on an island wide consultation.
Following the JLP’s crushing defeat in the December 2011 general election, some party members have blamed Holness and rumours then started that Shaw would challenge Holness, who has been described by detractors in the party as indecisive and weak.
Holness became party leader and prime minister after Bruce Golding stepped down from the position in the wake of the controversy that surrounded the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke to the United States on drug and gun running charges.