Following the polling of ‘Special Services Electors’ comprising members of the security forces and election day-workers on Wednesday March 21, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is reporting a 44.9 per cent voter turnout, with the Municipality of Portmore recording a 40.9 per cent voter turnout.
Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, said despite the low voter turnout, overall, the proceedings went well. “We can report that the day was incident free. All polling stations were opened on time and there were no reports of violence or any other glitches in the process,” he said.
A total of 24,362 election-day workers, including 8,277 police, and 2,079 members of the military, were eligible to register their votes for the Local Government Elections on March 21, at some 215 voting locations island wide.
Under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, special services electors are required to vote at least three clear days (excluding Sunday and public holidays) before the general voting population, thus freeing them to perform their duties on Election Day.
The rest of the country will go to the polls on Monday (March 26) to elect local representatives in 228 divisions in the 63 constituencies island-wide.
The voters’ list for the election comprises 1,648,020 registered voters, the same number that obtained on November 30, 2011 voters' list used in the December 29, 2011 poll.
Commissioner of Elections, Professor Errol Miller, during a media briefing on March 14, informed that voting will take place at some 6,630 polling stations in 2,191 locations across the island.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has advised that all schools will be closed on Monday to facilitate their use as election centres.
By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter