Saturday 28 November, 2020

Police, military and Election Day workers vote on Monday

Voting will get underway in the 2020 general elections in Jamaica at 8am Monday when Election Day workers, the police and military personnel cast their ballots.

This will free the 31,084 Election Day workers; 11,512 policemen and women and 4,181 soldiers who are on the voters’ list to be able to work on Thursday, September 3 when the rest of the country votes in the 18th general elections since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.

The polls are set to close at 4pm.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica has indicated that 169 locations will be used for Election Day workers and 28 locations for the police and military.

Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown has reminded the special services electors that they can only vote on Monday.

“Police, military and election day workers who wish to vote must do so on August 31. They will not be able to vote on September 3, as their names will not be on the official voters' list used on September 3,” Brown said last week.

Monday’s exercise will be closely watched as the rate at which the special services electors vote could be a good indicator of the likely voter turnout on Thursday.

The 2016 general elections have recorded the lowest voter turnout to date, with just over 48 per cent.

Expectations are that the 2020 polls could register a smaller percentage as the elections are being conducted in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen a spike in cases with hundreds of new infections recorded on the island over the past two weeks.

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