Slow but steady vot­ing out west

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: DE­SPITE GREY skies, the vot­ing process for the se­cu­rity forces and elec­tion day work­ers in west­ern Ja­maica, ahead of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions on Novem­ber 28, pro­ceeded with­out sig­nif­i­cant is­sues yes­ter­day.

For the most part, the process went by with­out in­ci­dent at the se­lected vot­ing ar­eas out west, with po­lice of­fi­cers and elec­tion day work­ers qui­etly show­ing up to cast their votes for their cho­sen coun­cil­lors in the dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions (parish coun­cils).

Errol Ste­wart, a re­turn­ing of­fi­cer for the Elec­toral Of­fice of Ja­maica (EOJ) in West­more­land, re­ported that the elec­toral process went smoothly in his parish.

“I am not at the of­fice to know what ex­actly is hap­pen­ing in terms of the turn-out, but I know we opened on time and it is go­ing smoothly,” Ste­wart told The Gleaner when he was con­tacted.

Trevor Moxam, a re­turn­ing of­fi­cer in St El­iz­a­beth, gave a sim­i­lar report for his di­vi­sion.

“There is no prob­lem, no vi­o­lence. Ev­ery­thing is smooth up to now. It is very quiet,” Moxam said.

In St James, it was noted that elec­tion-day work­ers in the parish were go­ing out to vote with­out in­ci­dent, and some po­lice of­fi­cers could be seen at­tend­ing the polling sta­tion at the Adel­phi Pri­mary School.

TRELAWNY HIC­CUPS

Mean­while, in Trelawny, there were no reports of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, save for some mi­nor hic­cups where po­lice of­fi­cers who had been trans­ferred to the di­vi­sion were found to be el­i­gi­ble to vote else­where, while cast­ing their bal­lots at the Fal­mouth town hall.

In Hanover, the turnout of se­cu­rity forces and elec­tion-day work­ers was re­ported to be fairly low, with over 140 re­ported as hav­ing cast their bal­lots prior to mid­day, in a largely un­event­ful elec­tion process in that parish.

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