Jamaica Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips. (GP)
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KINGSTON – Dr Peter Phillips on Saturday held onto the reigns of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) when he defeated Peter Bunting in a challenge for the leadership of the party.
Phillips, 69, retained the leadership of the PNP by securing 1 427 votes to Bunting’s 1 351.
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) reported a 96 per cent voter turnout in the election which took place at the National Arena.
Almost 3 000 delegates were eligible to vote in the election.
General secretary of the PNP Julian Robinson, who announced the election results, urged delegates to accept the results and work towards uniting the party.
This is the third time that delegates are being called on to decide a leadership contest involving Phillips.
He lost on the last two occasions when he went up against former president Portia Simpson Miller.
Phillips, who took over the leadership of the party in March 2017, following the party’s defeat in the 2016 general election, had welcomed the challenge to his leadership by Bunting, saying that it augurs well for the party gearing up for the next general election constitutionally due in 2021.(Jamaica Gleaner)