All sys­tems go for Nom­i­na­tion Day

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

WITH BOTH ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties revving up their elec­tion cam­paign ma­chiner­ies to do bat­tle in the Novem­ber 28 Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions, the Elec­toral Of­fice of Ja­maica (EOJ) says its sys­tems are ready to re­ceive nom­i­na­tions of can­di­dates to­day.

Nom­i­na­tion will be­gin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. at des­ig­nated cen­tres within the sixty-three con­stituen­cies.

At present, the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) con­trols all 13 Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions, in ad­di­tion to the Port­more Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Elec­tions for the po­si­tion of coun­cil­lor to sit on the coun­cils of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions will be con­tested in 228 elec­toral di­vi­sions, as well as the Of­fice of the Mayor of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Port­more.

Both the PNP and the Ja­maica Labour Party are ex­pected to nom­i­nate a full slate of can­di­dates across all the di­vi­sions.

Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions Or­rette Fisher says the EOJ is ready for nom­i­na­tion day, even as prepa­ra­tions for elec­tion day re­main in high gear. He is ex­press­ing con­fi­dence that nom­i­na­tion day, as well as elec­tion day pro­ceed­ings, will progress smoothly.

“With the prepa­ra­tions we have made, I an­tic­i­pate a smooth nom­i­na­tion process on Fri­day. There are cer­tain le­gal re­quire­ments that we must meet and a num­ber of tasks to com­plete by nom­i­na­tion day. Our team has been work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure that these are achieved. We an­tic­i­pate that the pro­ceed­ings on Fri­day will pave the way for a seam­less process up to elec­tion day,” he said.

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