Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Rain, rain and more rain hits Port Antonio amid early polling

Overcast skies in East Portland on Thursday morning. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Overcast skies in East Portland on Thursday morning. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

With early morning polling in the East Portland by-election now underway, the challenges of nature are already heavily besetting the proceedings, with extremely overcast skies and heavy showers descending on the parish capital, Port Antonio.

The situation has forced party organisers, electoral staff and even the security forces to significantly adjust much of their logistical arrangements and layout to relate to the very wet circumstances.

But despite the overall challenges, the ground setting is not without the presence of party bigwigs on both sides of the political fence, with Cabinet ministers, Dr Horace Chang and Desmond McKenzie being early out of the blocks, alongside fellow Member of Parliament (MP) and wife of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Juliet Holness, on the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) side.

Supt Wellington... says operating within rainy conditions comes natural in the parish.

From the Opposition benches, MPs Dr Morais Guy and Dwayne Vaz were early into the thick of things in Port Antonio.

Already factors like parking for voters and election workers have become relatively pronounced issues, with strident directions from members of the security forces becoming necessary to simply keep traffic flowing along a section of the parish capital.

In reference to the challenges with the weather, head of the Portland police, Superintendent Duane Wellington, while marshalling his team from a command point in the town, told Loop News that operating within rainy conditions comes natural in the parish with the highest rate of rainfall nationally.

But he anticipates being able to handle the additional demands.

 

  

 

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