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#JaVotes2016: Vaz confident of win as delays hit West Portland voting

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:51 PM

The electorate in West Portland are turning out to cast their ballots on election day 2016.

Most polling stations across that constituency, where the incumbent Daryl Vaz is being challenged by Peoples National Party (PNP) candidate Vernon Hemmings, opened on time and voting is proceeding, but not without delays.

At Orange Bay primary, the voting process was proceeding without much difficulty, although some of the electors including 70 year old Sherwood Forrester stated that it took them approximately 10 minutes to complete the voting process.

A similar situation was evident at Buff Bay primary and Windsor primary, where the process was delayed by lack of national identification cards.

Vaz, who is seeking a third term, is expressing confidence that he will win by a wide margin.

According to Vaz, indications are that there will be a national swing in favour of the JLP.

But while Vaz is confident of victory, Hemmings is also expressing confidence of a victory- pointing out that the ground work done by his team should ensure a PNP victory. `