Observe voting rules, Fisher tells voters
from The Gleaner, who won the Carl Wint Award for Human Interest Feature stories in addition to the Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights.
Zahra Burton from 18 degrees North took the President’s Award for best Investigative Journalism. The Raymond Sharpe/Hugh Crosskill Award for Sports Reporting for the electronic section went to Shaun Grant of KLAS Sports Radio and Jordan Forte of Radio Jamaica (RJR). Sherdon Walker of The Observer was the winner for the print section, while Dania Bogle of The Gleaner received a certificate of merit. The Gleaner’s Jovan Johnson was the winner of the Hector Bernard/Theodore Sealy Award for News. “WE’LL BE ready” was the affirmation Director of Elections Orrette Fisher confidently gave when asked by The Gleaner yesterday evening how prepared the Electoral Office of Jamaica was ahead of today’s Local Government Elections.
Fisher’s message to voters was to ensure that they fully observe voting rules.
“The simple thing that I would ask is that they (voters) don’t all come between seven and eight in the morning and that they remember to bring their identification cards and that they observe the voting rules,” Fisher said.
Polls open at 7 a.m. today. Election Day workers and members of the security forces voted last Friday.
Four hundred and eighty-nine candidates will challenge for seats as councillors across 228 divisions in addition to Portmore, a municipal council.
The People’s National Party (PNP) currently holds majority council seats as they secured 12 of 13 councils contested in the 2012 Local Government Elections.
The PNP also secured the Portmore Municipal Council.
Electronic voting will take place in seven constituencies that were used in the February 2016 general election.