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Boundaries ruling bars 4,837 electors from Portmore mayoral poll

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 11:00 AM

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) yesterday indicated that 4,837 electors in 16 polling divisions will no longer be able to vote in the Portmore mayoral election following a court decision handed down this week.

The Supreme Court had ruled that the mayoral election for the Portmore municipality could not be held on the gazetted boundaries of 2015.

Instead, the election must be held on the 2003 boundaries.

The affected electoral divisions are Greater Portmore North in St Catherine Southern and Portmore Pines in St Catherine East Central.

As a result of the change, the 4,837 voters in these divisions will be issued with a single ballot on election day to vote for a councillor.

The remaining 93,054 electors will be given two ballots: one to vote for the councillor and the other to vote for the mayor of Portmore.

The ECJ said that with the change, it would no longer need a number of poll clerks for the municipal election.

They would have each been paid $6,500.

The ECJ also said that it cost $44,000 to print the ballots for the 4,837 electors who will no longer be allowed to vote in the mayoral election.