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PHOTOS: Security force members and election day workers turn out to vote

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 8:57 AMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
This policeman shows off his inked finger after casting his vote at Poling Station One at Harman Barracks in Kingston.
A soldier shows off his inked finger after voting at Up Park Camp today.
Police personnel lineup at an information booth at Harmon Barracks.
Police personnel are advised by an election official at Harmon Barracks.
Election Day workers participate in friendly chat outside a polling station.
A soldier waits to cast his vote at Up Park Camp today.

A small number of police personnel are now lined up at one of several polling stations established at Harman Barracks in St Andrew as voting gets underway for members of the security forces and election day workers.

Voting has been going smoothly for the most part, except in the case of two policemen who complained that their names did not appear on the voters list.

They were directed to check the Electoral Office of Jamaica's website.

With police personnel barred from taking their firearms inside the polling stations, one policeman complained that he was given the wrong firearm as he exited.

The error was quickly corrected.

There are a total of seven polling stations at Harman Barracks.

A total of 39,108 special services electors are eligible to vote in 282 polling stations set up across the country.

Polling stations opened at eight o'clock this morning and will close at four o'clock this afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Director of Elections Orett Fisher says the Electoral Office has had discussions with the St James police to ensure that there is adequate security in the volatile Flanker community and its surroundings. 

One man was killed during nomination day activities on February 9, less than 24 hours after gangs from the area engaged in a deadly feud at a Jamaica Labour Party rally in Sam Sharpe Square. 

Some 26,498 election day workers make up the bulk of the special services voters. 

There are 10,041 members from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and 2,569 eligible voters from the Jamaica Defence Force. 

The list of polling locations include schools, churches, police stations, court houses and military bases.

The rest of Jamaicans will vote on Thursday.