Ob­serve vot­ing rules, Fisher tells vot­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer

“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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