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Only 63 per cent voter turnout among police, military and Election Day workers

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 2:49 AM
The EOJ says of the 39,108 special services personnel registered to vote, 24,721 cast their ballots yesterday, representing a 63 per cent voter turnout.

Figures from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) have revealed a lower voter turnout among the police, military and Election Day workers for this general election compared to the last in 2011.

The EOJ says of the 39,108 special services personnel registered to vote, 24,721 cast their ballots yesterday, representing a 63 per cent voter turnout.

In 2011, voter turnout among special services personnel was 68.3 per cent.

The breakdown of the groups shows a 70 per cent voter turnout for Election Day workers this year compared to 74.6 per cent in 2011.

Fifty-three per cent of registered police personnel voted yesterday compared to 56.2 per cent in 2011.

Meanwhile, voting among military personnel also dipped from 39.8 per cent in 2011 to 36 per cent this year.

The EOJ says while it has determined how many ballots have been received, there is no indication of how the electors have voted as the envelopes remain sealed until the counting on Election Day.

Voting for police, military and Election Day workers takes place three days before the rest of the population.