Jamaica Labour Party outdoor agents make a final check of the voters' list minutes before the opening of the polling station in Mt. Salem, West Central St. James, yesterday. Photo by Adrian Frater
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner: Tuesday | September 4, 2007
Mark Titus, Freelance Writer
Not even the threat of a Hurricane Felix could affect the election day festivities and camaraderie demonstrated by the supporters of both major political parties in western Jamaica.
Heavy rain pelted the parishes of Trelawny and Westmoreland, but this did not dilute the exuberance of party faithfuls. "Portia time now, a celebrate mi start celebrate," said one orange-clad follower of the People's National Party (PNP), as she danced about in the rain to the delight of members of the opposing party.
The town of Falmouth was a sea of orange while the communities of Bunkers Hill and Wakefield were dominated by green. It was a similar situation in Eastern and Western Hanover with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) dominating in term of numbers.
Outdoor agents of both parties throughout South St. James sat together, engaging in friendly bantering as they assisted prospective voters, while supporters in the troubled constituency of South East St. Elizabeth chose to be on the neutral with only a few hairstyles showing political preference.
Allegiance to both parties was demonstrated with unique fashions: green and orange T-shirts with fashionable cuts and bows made loud political statements. Hats, sunglasses and bandannas were the preferred headgear as supporters ensured they remained fashionable while cheering their candidates.