If you have been keeping up with the news over the last month or so, you will realise that the nation is on general election watch. No official announcements have yet been made, but we are creating an election hub on diGJamaica.com with all the information you need to know about constituencies, sitting members of Parliament, political parties both mainstream and grassroots, Jamaica’s election history, voter registration procedures and much more need-to-know information.
We kick off our ‘Meet Your MP’ series with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Member of Parliament for the St Andrew South Western constituency.
Simpson Miller was born on December 12,1945 in Wood Hall, St Catherine. Here are some more facts:
- She first won the seat in 1976, trouncing the Jamaica Labour Party’s Joseph McPherson 13,584 to 4,376 votes. She has lost the seat only once, in the 1983 general election that the People’s National Party boycotted.
- She first made her mark within the PNP in 1974, when she won the tough inner-city constituency of Trench Town West as a Councilor in the Kingston & St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) for the party. It was the first time the PNP had won that seat.
- Simpson Miller is Jamaica’s seventh Prime Minister and is the first woman to hold the office.
- She served for 17 years as a Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for Labour and Social Security, Tourism, Local Government, Community Development and Sport, at different times.
- She was conferred with the Order of the Nation in May 2006.
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