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2020 Jamaican general election

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2020 Jamaican general election

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All 63 seats in the Jamaica House of Representatives
32 seats needed for a majority
Turnout37%[1] (Decrease 11 pp)
Template:Percentile
  First party Second party
  Andrew Holness Press (cropped).jpg Peter David Phillips (politician) (cropped).png
Leader Andrew Holness Peter Phillips
Party Jamaica Labour Party People's National Party
Leader since 23 October 2011 3 April 2017
Leader's seat St Andrew West Central St Andrew East Central
Last election 32 seats, 50.1% 31 seats, 49.7%
Seats won
48 / 63
15 / 63
Seat change Increase 16 Decrease 16
Popular vote 406,764 305,157
Percentage Template:Percentage bar Template:Percentage bar
Swing Increase 7pp Decrease 6.9pp

Jamaica Constituency Map (2011-2016).svg
Map of result by constituency. All constituencies are numbered, with labels at the bottom.

Prime Minister before election

Andrew Holness
Jamaica Labour Party

Subsequent Prime Minister

Andrew Holness
Jamaica Labour Party

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General elections were held in Jamaica on Thursday, 3 September 2020[2] to elect 63 members of Parliament. As the constitution stipulates a five-year parliamentary term,[3] the next elections were not expected until between 25 February and 10 June 2021. However, Prime Minister Andrew Holness called early elections to ensure a united response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On the advice of Holness, Governor General Patrick Allen dissolved Parliament on 13 August 2020.[4]

The result was a victory for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, which received 57% of the vote[5] and won 48 seats. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2019–2020 dengue fever epidemic, voter turnout was only 37%,[6] the lowest in an election since 1983.

Background[edit source | edit]

Prior to the election, the Jamaica Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, formed a majority government. The largest opposition party was the People's National Party, led by Peter Phillips. Either the Jamaica Labour Party or the People's National Party have been in power since universal suffrage was introduced in 1944.[7]

Electoral system[edit source | edit]

The 63 members of the House of Representatives are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.[8] Voters must be 18 years and over and be a citizen of Jamaica or a Commonwealth citizen.[9]

The leader of the party commanding a majority of support in the House of Representatives is called on by the Governor General to form a government as Prime Minister,[10] while the leader of the largest group or coalition not in government becomes the Leader of the Opposition.[11]

Campaign[edit source | edit]

Only two parties registered to contest the election; the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party. The JLP and PNP nominated candidates in all 63 constituencies. The two parties agreed to participate in three televised debates hosted by the Jamaica Debates Commission.[12]

The People's National Party campaigned for a referendum on removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.[13]

On 15 August 2020, the pastors of the Christian right Jamaica Progressive Party announced that the party would not contest the elections due to lack of time to prepare.[14]

Contesting parties[edit source | edit]

Party Position Ideology Leader
(since)
Last election At dissolution Contested
bgcolor="Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color" | Jamaica Labour Party Centre-right Nationalism[15][16][17]
Fiscal conservatism[18]
Populism
Conservatism[19][20][21]
Republicanism
Fabianism (originally)[17]
Andrew Holness
(January 2010)
32 / 63 (51%)
34 / 63 (54%)
63
bgcolor="Template:People's National Party/meta/color" | People's National Party Centre-left Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Populism
Republicanism[22]
Peter Phillips
(November 2017)
31 / 63 (49%)
29 / 63 (46%)
63

Slogans and songs[edit source | edit]

Party Slogan Official song
Template:Party name with color "Build back stronger."[23]

#GreenLight

Template:Party name with color "Building your Jamaica."[24]

Building Your Jamaica: #VotePNP2020

Incumbent MPs not seeking re-election[edit source | edit]

Seven members of parliament are not standing for re-election:[25]

Retiring incumbent Electoral District Term in office Reason Date announced Replaced as MP by
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Robert Pickersgill PNP Saint Catherine North Western 1989-2020 Not standing 22 August 2017[26] style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Hugh Graham
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Evon Redman PNP Saint Elizabeth North Eastern 2016–2020 Not standing 10 May 2018[27] style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Delroy Slowley
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Derrick Kellier PNP Saint James Southern 1987–2020 Not standing 28 May 2018[28] style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Homer Davis
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Ronald Thwaites PNP Kingston Central 1997–2020 Not standing 22 May 2019[29] style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Donovan Williams
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Noel Arscott PNP Clarendon South Western 2007–2020 Not standing 14 September 2019[30] style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Luthon Cousins
style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Shahine Robinson JLP Saint Ann North Eastern 2001–2020 Died in office 29 May 2020[31] style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Marsha Smith
style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Leslie Campbell JLP Saint Catherine North Eastern 2016–2020 Not standing 26 June 2020[32] style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Kerensia Morrison

Candidates[edit source | edit]

Candidate nominations were finalised on nomination day, 18 August 2020.[2] The full candidate list is presented below,[33] along with the incumbent candidates before the election.[34] MPs who are not standing for re-election are marked (†). Government ministers are in bold,[35] and party leaders are in italics.

Clarendon Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Clarendon Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Michael Henry Zuleika Jess style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Michael Henry
Clarendon North Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Robert Nesta Morgan Desmond Brennan style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Pearnel Charles
Clarendon North Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Phillip Henriquez Richard Azan Merrick Cohen (Ind.) style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Richard Azan
Clarendon Northern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Dwight Sibblies Horace Dalley style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Horace Dalley
Clarendon South Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Pearnel Charles Jr Patricia Duncan Sutherland style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Pearnel Charles Jr
Clarendon South Western Kent Gammon style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Luthon Cousins style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | † Noel Arscott

Hanover Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Hanover Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Dave Brown Wavell Hinds style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Dave Brown
Hanover Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Tamika Davis Ian Hayles style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Ian Hayles

Kingston Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Kingston Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Donovan Williams Imani Duncan-Price style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | † Ronald Thwaites
Kingston East & Port Royal Egwugwu Priestly style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Phillip Paulwell style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Phillip Paulwell
Kingston Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Desmond McKenzie Joseph Witter style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Desmond McKenzie

Manchester Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Manchester Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Rhoda Moy Crawford Peter Bunting Rohan Chung (Ind.) style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Peter Bunting
Manchester North Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Audley Shaw Donald Jackson style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Audley Shaw
Manchester North Western Damion Young style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Mikael Phillips style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Mikael Phillips
Manchester Southern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Robert Chin Michael Stewart style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Michael Stewart

Portland Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Portland Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Ann-Marie Vaz Bishop Purcell Jackson style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Ann-Marie Vaz
Portland Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Daryl Vaz Valerie Neita Robertson style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Daryl Vaz

Saint Andrew Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Saint Andrew East Central Jodian Myrie style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Peter Phillips style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Peter Phillips
Saint Andrew East Rural style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Juliet Holness Joan Gordon-Webley style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Juliet Holness
Saint Andrew Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Fayval Williams Venesha Phillips style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Fayval Williams
Saint Andrew North Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Karl Samuda O'Neil Lynch style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Karl Samuda
Saint Andrew North Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Delroy Chuck David Tulloch style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Delroy Chuck
Saint Andrew North Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Nigel Clarke Rohan Banks style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Nigel Clarke
Saint Andrew South Eastern Kari Douglas style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Julian Robinson style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Julian Robinson
Saint Andrew South Western Moureen Lorne style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Angela Brown-Burke style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Angela Brown-Burke
Saint Andrew Southern Victor Hyde style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Mark Golding style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Mark Golding
Saint Andrew West Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Andrew Holness Patrick Roberts style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Andrew Holness
Saint Andrew West Rural style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn Krystal Tomlinson style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn
Saint Andrew Western Dorlan Francis style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Anthony Hylton style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Anthony Hylton

Saint Ann Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Saint Ann North Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Marsha Smith Keith Brown Vacant
Saint Ann North Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Krystal Lee Dayton Campbell Peter Shand (Ind.) style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Dayton Campbell
Saint Ann South Eastern Delroy Granston style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Lisa Hanna style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Lisa Hanna
Saint Ann South Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Zavia Mayne Valenton Wint style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Zavia Mayne

Saint Catherine Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Saint Catherine Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Olivia Grange Maurice Westney style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Olivia Grange
Saint Catherine East Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Alando Terrelonge Raymond Pryce style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Alando Terrelonge
Saint Catherine Eastern Dwight Pecoo style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Denise Daley style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Denise Daley
Saint Catherine North Central Natalie Campbell Rodriques style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Natalie Neita-Headley John Henry (Ind.)
Lloyd Smith (Ind.)
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Natalie Neita-Headley
Saint Catherine North Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Kerensia Morrison Oswest Senior-Smith style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | † Leslie Campbell
Saint Catherine North Western Newton Amos style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Hugh Graham Gene Guthrie (Ind.) style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | † Robert Pickersgill
Saint Catherine South Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Andrew Wheatley Kurt Matthews style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Andrew Wheatley
Saint Catherine South Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Robert Miller Colin Fagan style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Colin Fagan
Saint Catherine South Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Everald Warmington Kurt Waul Upton Blake (Ind.) style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Everald Warmington
Saint Catherine Southern Delroy Dobney style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Fitz Jackson style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Fitz Jackson
Saint Catherine West Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Christopher Tufton Kenyama Brown style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Christopher Tufton

Saint Elizabeth Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Saint Elizabeth North Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Delroy Slowley Basil White style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | † Evon Redman
Saint Elizabeth North Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | William J.C. Hutchinson Ryan Keating style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | William J.C. Hutchinson
Saint Elizabeth South Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Floyd Green Ewan Stephenson style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Floyd Green
Saint Elizabeth South Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Franklyn Witter Dwaine Spencer style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Franklyn Witter

Saint James Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Saint James Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Heroy Clarke Andre Hylton Ras-Astor Black (Ind.) style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Heroy Clarke
Saint James East Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Edmund Bartlett Michael Hemmings style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Edmund Bartlett
Saint James North Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Horace Chang George Hamilton style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Horace Chang
Saint James Southern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Homer Davis Walton Small style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | † Derrick Kellier
Saint James West Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Marlene Malahoo Forte Andre Haughton style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Marlene Malahoo Forte

Saint Mary Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Saint Mary Central Lennon Richards style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Morais Guy style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Morais Guy
Saint Mary South Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Norman Dunn Shane Alexis style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Norman Dunn
Saint Mary Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Robert Montague Jason Stanford style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Robert Montague

Saint Thomas Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP
Saint Thomas Eastern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Michelle Charles Fenton Ferguson style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Fenton Ferguson
Saint Thomas Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | James Robertson Marsha Francis style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | James Robertson

Trelawny Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Trelawny Northern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Tova Hamilton Victor Wright Jnr Genieve Dawkins (Ind.) style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Victor Wright
Trelawny Southern style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert Lloyd Gillings Richard Sharpe (Ind.) style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert

Westmoreland Parish[edit source | edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
colspan="2" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" |JLP colspan="2" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" |PNP colspan="2" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;"|Other
Westmoreland Central style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | George Wright Dwayne Vaz Torraino Beckford (Ind.)
Don Foote (Ind.)[b 1]
style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Dwayne Vaz
Westmoreland Eastern[b 2] Daniel Lawrence style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Luther Buchanan Haile Mika'el (Ind.) style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Luther Buchanan
Westmoreland Western style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" | Morland Wilson Wykeham McNeill style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" | Wykeham McNeill
  1. Foote is a JLP member contesting the election independently as the "Jamaica Abolitionist Movement".[36]
  2. Recount ended in a tie, meaning a tie-breaker was required. Incumbent Luther Buchanan won the tie-breaker.[37]

Marginal seats[edit source | edit]

The following lists identify and rank seats using the vote margin by which the party's candidate finished behind the winning candidate in the 2015 election. This vote margin is given as a percentage of all eligible voters in the district.

For information purposes only, seats that have changed hands through subsequent by elections have been noted. Seats whose members have changed party allegiance are ignored.

Marginal seats by party (with winning parties and margins from the 2016 Jamaican general election)
colspan="4" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color" |Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) colspan="4" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color" |People's National Party (PNP)
Marginal
1 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Mary South Eastern[a 1] 0.02% 1 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine North Eastern 0.53%
2 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint James Southern 0.24% 2 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew Eastern 0.62%
3 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Ann North Western 1.18% 3 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Elizabeth South Eastern 0.69%
4 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Trelawny Northern 1.24% 4 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Thomas Western 1.08%
5 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine South Eastern 1.49% 5 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Ann South Western 1.34%
6 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Westmoreland Central 2.70% 6 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Hanover Eastern 1.44%
7 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine North Western 3.05% 7 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew East Rural 1.83%
8 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Manchester Central 3.17% 8 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine East Central 1.97%
9 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Clarendon Northern 3.21% 9 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Clarendon North Central 2.42%
10 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Clarendon North Western 3.57% 10 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Clarendon South Eastern 2.44%
11 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Manchester Southern 3.77% 11 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Elizabeth North Western 4.34%
12 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Westmoreland Western 4.49% 12 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint James West Central 4.67%
13 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine North Central 4.59% 13 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew West Rural 5.69%
14 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Elizabeth North Eastern 4.79% 14 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Manchester North Eastern 5.86%
15 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Hanover Western 4.82% 15 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Elizabeth South Western 6.81%
16 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Thomas Eastern 5.41% 16 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint James Central 6.85%
17 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Kingston Central 5.78% 17 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew West Central 7.05%
18 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Portland Eastern[a 2] 6.62% 18 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Portland Western 7.14%
19 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Clarendon South Western 6.67% 19 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine South Western 7.43%
20 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Manchester North Western 6.75% 20 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Ann North Eastern 7.83%
21 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Mary Central 7.10% 21 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint James East Central 8.06%
22 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine Southern 7.12% 22 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew North Western 8.47%
23 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew East Central 7.44% 23 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Mary Western 9.80%
24 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine Eastern 7.61% 24 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Trelawny Southern 10.70%
25 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew South Eastern 9.78% 25 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint James North Western 11.85%
26 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew Western 10.43% 26 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew North Eastern 12.05%
27 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Westmoreland Eastern 10.52% 27 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew North Central 12.39%
28 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Ann South Eastern 10.98% 28 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine West Central 13.43%
29 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Kingston East and Port Royal 25.20% 29 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Clarendon Central 15.33%
30 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew Southern 36.37% 30 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine South Central 20.47%
31 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color | Saint Andrew South Western 40.79% 31 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color | Saint Catherine Central 24.94%
Safe 32 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color " | Kingston Western 34.83%
Safe
Source: General Election 2016 - Electoral Commission of Jamaica
  1. Later gained by the JLP in a by-election on October 30, 2017, by a margin of 36.26% over the PNP.
  2. Later gained by the JLP in a by-election on April 4, 2019, by a margin of 1.62% over the PNP.

Opinion polls[edit source | edit]

Don Anderson, CEO of Market Research Services Limited, Larren Peart, founder and CEO of Bluedot Data Intelligence Limited and Bill Johnson of Johnson's Survey Research Limited Inc have commissioned opinion polling for the general election regularly sampling the electorates' opinions.

Date Pollster Sample
size
class="unsortable" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" data-sort-type="number" |JLP class="unsortable" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" number" |PNP class="unsortable" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;" |Other Lead
3 September 2020 2020 general election 57.1 42.8 0.1 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="14.3" |14.3
21–24 August 2020 RJR Gleaner Group/Don Anderson poll 37 25 38 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="12" |12
21–23 August 2020 Jamaica Observer/Bill Johnson poll 1,000 37 23 40 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="12" |14
20 July–6 August 2020 Nationwide News Network/Bluedot poll 52 34 14 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="18" |18
23 July–3 August 2020 RJR Gleaner Group/Don Anderson poll 36 20 44 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="16" |16
9–12 July 2020 Jamaica Observer/Bill Johnson poll 1,200 36 17 47 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="19" |19
13–20 June 2020 Mello TV/Bill Johnson poll 1,200 38 19 43 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="19" |19
12–15 March 2020 Jamaica Observer/Bill Johnson poll 1,200 33 19 48 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="14" |14
8–18 February 2020 RJR Gleaner Group/Don Anderson poll 1,038 30 22 48 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="8" |8
2–19 December 2019 Nationwide News Network/Bluedot poll 56 44 0 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="12" |12
7 August 2019 Don Anderson poll 35 30 35 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="5" |5
2–4 August 2019 One PNP/Bill Johnson poll 1,000 34 32 34 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="2" |2
28 March 2019 RJR Gleaner Group/Don Anderson poll 1,003 29 18 53 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="11" |11
12 March 2018 RJR Gleaner Group/Don Anderson poll 26 19 55 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="6" |6
25 February 2016 2016 general election 50.1 49.7 0.2 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="0.4" |0.4

CEAC Solutions polling[edit source | edit]

These polls are used internally by the PNP.[38]

Date Pollster Sample
size
class="unsortable" style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;" data-sort-type="number" |JLP class="unsortable" style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;" number" |PNP class="unsortable" style="background:Template:Other parties/meta/color;" |Other Lead
3 September 2020 2020 general election 57.1 42.8 0.1 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="14.3" |14.3
28-29 August 2020 CEAC Solutions poll 366 41 44 15 style="background:Template:People's National Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="3" |3
25 February 2016 2016 general election 50.1 49.7 0.2 style="background:Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color;color:#000000;" data-sort-value="0.4" |0.4

Results[edit source | edit]

The ECJ reported that 97% of the polling stations had opened by 7:00 AM, and the remaining stations were open by 8:00 AM.[39] The polls closed at 5:00 PM.[40] Election observers included the EU delegation to Jamaica [41] and a domestic NGO, Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE).[42]

Before 10:00 PM, preliminary results indicated that the JLP had won 44 seats; for the first time since 1967, the JLP was re-elected while contesting all seats.[43] PNP leader Phillips did not give a concession speech, but called Holness privately to offer congratulations.[44] Phillips resigned as PNP leader on 4 September 2020.[45] The full preliminary count indicated a total of 49 seats for the JLP.[46] A recount was later conducted in Westmoreland Eastern which resulted in a tie-breaker being required. The PNP won the tie-breaker, gaining one seat (bringing their total to 15), while the JLP lost one seat (bringing their total to 48).[37]

PM Holness was sworn in for a new term by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen on 7 September 2020. The ceremony, which was held at King's House, was restricted to 32 people to comply with public health measures.[47]

Jamaica House of Representatives 2020.svg
Party Votes % +/– Seats +/–
bgcolor="Template:Jamaica Labour Party/meta/color" | Jamaica Labour Party 407,753 57.04 +6.94 48 +16
bgcolor="Template:People's National Party/meta/color" | People's National Party 305,864 42.79 –6.90 15 –16
bgcolor="Template:Independent politician/meta/color" | Independents 1,191 0.17 –0.04 0 0
Total 714,808 100 63 0
Valid ballots 714,808
Invalid/blank ballots
Total ballots cast 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,913,410 ~37
Source: Electoral Commission

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