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#JaVotes2016: Disabled wheels self to polling station to vote

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 3:49 PM
Omar Jolly - Claudia Gardner


Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator

Confined to a wheelchair, Omar Jolly, whose disability from birth makes him unable to walk, wheeled himself to the polling station at the Bamboo Missionary Basic School to cast his ballot for the People’s National Party (PNP).

The 25-year-old resident of Bamboo district, near Hopewell in Eastern Hanover is 25 years old.

“The reason why I come out to cast my vote is because I feel that PNP is the better party. When PNP is in power you have more work, more money. I get more work,” he said.

“I do gardener work and I raise chicken. So I have more work, more money, the goods get to sell in PNP time. This is the second time I am voting. The first time I voted things was slow. There was a money crisis," he added.

Jolly is one of a few young men from Bamboo who turned out to cast their ballots.

Most young men in the community were spotted ‘chilling’ in the community’s bars and chatting with friends. Shortly before 2 p.m. policemen passing by were observed ordering a bar operator, via megaphone to close his business place and for patrons to leave as it was an offence for it to be open on Election Day.

Former Rusea’s High School football team captain Wonique “Shelly” Pinnock, 24, who hails from Bamboo, told The Gleaner that voter apathy was high in the community among males, including himself.

“There was no valid reason for me to go out and vote,” Pinnock said. “Look at a simple thing like running water. Bamboo had no water for about two years. It was only recently that we started getting water.”

PNP: Wynter McIntosh
JLP: Dave Hume Brown