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#JaVotes2016: A few extra days in Ja just to vote

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:13 PM

Janet Rowe did not fly to Jamaica just to vote.

But when she realised her name was on the voters' list, the US$197.50 fee she paid to change her ticket "was a small price to pay to support her party", Rowe said.

"The ticket was actually US$430 plus what I paid to change it."

But that cost couldn't keep her from the polling station at the Content Gap Primary School in East Rural St. Andrew.

"When my boss wished me a safe travel I didn't tell her I wasn't coming back just yet."

Instead, "I called one of my co-workers and asked her to work for me tomorrow and I will work back for her on Saturday," she said with a satisfied grin, showing her ink-stained index finger.

Her ticket was changed from February 23 to 26.

The constituency is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness (wife of opposition leader Andrew Holness) and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Imani Duncan Price.

Holness went into the elections with a five percentage point lead over her rival.