Jamaicans went to the polls April 10, for the third time in three year, to elect a government to take complete control of the country when it gains independence August 6.
Jamaicans went to the polls April 10, for the third time in three year, to elect a government to take complete control of the country when it gains independence August 6. Voting had taken place previously to decide whether or not Jamaica should join the British West Indies Federation; the vote went against federation and Jamaica was therefore out to elect a national government.
The tow main political parties contesting the election were the Jamaica Labour Party led by Sir Alexander Bustamente and the People's National Party led by Bustamente's cousin, Sir Norman Manley. The radical People's Progressive Party used the campaign slogan "Break the Cousin Chain" - Manley has been Prime Minister for the past seven years and Bustamente for ten years before that.
Polling started slowly, but speeded up after stores closed. 569,781 of nearly eight hundred thousand registered voters turned out for the balloting. The result - 26 legislative seats to Bustamente's Labour Party, 19 to Manley's National Party. The People's Progressive Party failed to secure a seat.