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Slow but steady voting out west

Published:Saturday | November 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Despite grey skies, the voting process for the security forces and election day workers in western Jamaica, ahead of the local government elections on November 28, proceeded without significant issues yesterday.

For the most part, the process went by without incident at the selected voting areas out west, with police officers and election day workers quietly showing up to cast their votes for their chosen councillors in the different municipal corporations (parish councils).

Errol Stewart, a returning officer for the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) in Westmoreland, reported that the electoral process went smoothly in his parish.

"I am not at the office to know what exactly is happening in terms of the turn-out, but I know we opened on time and it is going smoothly," Stewart told The Gleaner when he was contacted.

Trevor Moxam, a returning officer in St Elizabeth, gave a similar report for his division.

"There is no problem, no violence. Everything is smooth up to now. It is very quiet," Moxam said.

In St James, it was noted that election-day workers in the parish were going out to vote without incident, and some police officers could be seen attending the polling station at the Adelphi Primary School.


Trelawny hiccups


Meanwhile, in Trelawny, there were no reports of irregularities, save for some minor hiccups where police officers who had been transferred to the division were found to be eligible to vote elsewhere, while casting their ballots at the Falmouth town hall.

In Hanover, the turnout of security forces and election-day workers was reported to be fairly low, with over 140 reported as having cast their ballots prior to midday, in a largely uneventful election process in that parish.