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JLP predicts increased voter turnout on election day

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 5:37 PM
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The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is predicting increased voter turnout of between 55 and 60 per cent at this Thursday's general elections.

This would be significantly higher than the 52 per cent turnout in the 2011 general elections won by the governing Peoples' National Party (PNP). It was the lowest voter turnout since Universal Adult Suffrage, except in 1983 when the PNP did not contest the polls.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang did not explain the basis for his prediction, but reacting to the latest projections by The University of the West Indies of a 40-seat win for the PNP earlier this morning, he insists that the election will be decided by uncommitted voters.

Pointing to the Don Anderson polls, he says the number of people who have decided to vote has increased significantly since January.

Although unwilling to project voter turnout, the PNP's deputy general secretary, Julian Robinson, says his party is confident of victory at the polls.