ECJ pilots collecting voter statistics during election
The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has moved to increase the efficiency of its operations by collecting information on election day, which will facilitate the generation of statistics on voter turnout.
The new initiative was piloted during the recent Westmoreland Central by-election where the ECJ collected information on the age and sex of electors who cast ballots.
Of the 15,091 electors, 8,133 or 53.9 per cent were women, while 6,958 or 46.1 per cent were men. That means that the ratio of male to female voters was approximately four to five.
Electors between the ages of 36 and 54 made up the largest turnout on election day, with 6,153 or 41 per cent of voters. Voters over 55 accounted for 4,458 or 30 per cent of those who cast ballots.
Electors aged 18-25 made up 11 per cent of voters and 18 per cent of electors were between the ages of 25 and 35.
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher said the collection of these data is aimed at improving the ECJ's capacity to provide comprehensive electoral data.
"This kind of information might also be useful in efforts towards understanding and addressing voter apathy," Fisher said. He said this initiative will be replicated in all future elections.