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Do more for disabled, elderly voters

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:10 AMJoseph M. Cornwall

THE EDITOR, Sir:
I arrived at Mona High School at approximately 11:50 a.m. Upon my arrival, I observed that the driving entrance was closed; however, a pedestrian gate was open. Therefore, I had to park on the right-hand side of the road.
I exited my vehicle with my walking cane in my left hand, as I recently suffered a fall and was experiencing excruciating pain in my left leg.
A gentleman not wearing any party shirt approached me. However, he was with people wearing green shirts, and he asked me for my name. I gave him my driver’s licence and he checked it against the list of electors and directed me to Cluster 41. It was a long walk to get there, considering that I was aided by the use of a cane.
When I got to Cluster 41, the EOJ representative asked me my name and asked if I was OK, and I said yes. I gave her my driver’s licence, as I did not have any national voter identification card with me. My fingerprints were verified twice and I was given a ballot, along with some instructions, which I followed carefully. I then went to the EOJ booth, where I cast my ballot in privacy and handed it back to the EOJ representative, who folded it, and I witnessed her place it in the box.
I would like to make a suggestion to the EOJ and the political parties that, come 2021, or before, and for the next local government elections which are already well overdue, that wheelchairs be put in place for the elderly and disabled if they desire to use them, and that provisions be made that where they operate a motor vehicle, they be allowed on to the polling premises.
The only vehicles allowed on the premises were those marked ‘EOJ Officials, Party Workers and Jamaica Constabulary Force Vehicles’. I also observed that no vending was allowed on the compound. However, a vendor was seen selling refreshments along the median on Mona Road.
I left the school compound at approximately 12:20 p.m. Overall, the process quick and very professional. I wonder how bogus voting takes place.
JOSEPH M. CORNWALL (Sr), JP
Managing Director/CEO
tranquillityfh@yahoo.com