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Public forum on electoral matters today in Portland

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Dorothy Pine-McLarty, chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), is greeted by Lincoln Thaxter, custos of Portland, during a courtesy visit by the ECJ on Tuesday. Looking on is returning officer and Justice of the Peace Carlton Harris.

A public forum on electoral matters, which targets residents in Portland, St Mary and St Thomas, is scheduled to take place at the Port Antonio High School today.

It is part of a series of town hall meetings, hosted by the Electoral Commission on Jamaica (ECJ) and the National Integrity Action (NIA), aimed at improving knowledge of the electoral process, while urging greater participation among residents.

Ahead of the forum, chairman of the ECJ, Dorothy Pine-McLarty, made a courtesy call on Lincoln Thaxter, custos of Portland on Tuesday. The ECJ chair and the custos also met with returning officers and justices of the peace in the parish.

Low voter turnout and plans to engage youth in the voting process were among the matters of interest expressed by Thaxter and Pine-McLarty during the visit.

Pine-McLarty, other commissioners - Professor Alvin Wint and Earl Jarrett, along with Professor Trevor Munroe, executive director of the NIA, are expected to address some of these issues today as they speak to the gathering about strengthening the democratic process.