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EOJ preliminary figures: Just under 48 per cent of voting public voted in general election

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 12:44 PM
Dr Sonia Thomas oversees ballot boxes at a counting office in Clarendon. The boxes were delivered from the St Johns Basic School polling station in Sandy Bay.

Just under half of the persons eligible to vote in Jamaica cast their ballots yesterday in the general election.

According to a preliminary report from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) a total of 870,663 persons voted yesterday, this from a total of 1,824,412.

This means 47.7 per cent of the voting public voted yesterday.

In 2011, the country recorded a voter turnout of 53.17 per cent with 876,310 electors casting their ballots.

Officials from both political parties complained about the slow pace of voting yesterday and the low voter turn-out.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre received reports that several persons left polling stations in various constituencies without voting due to long wait times. 

Director of the EOJ, Orrette Fisher said he was disappointed more persons had not exercised their right to vote.