Ob­serve vot­ing rules, Fisher tells vot­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer janet.sil­vera@glean­erjm.com

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.

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