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Low voter turnout

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:04 PM

Kingston

Low voter turnout

Dr Omar Davies, the People's National Party (PNP) standard bearer for South St Andrew has expressed concerns about the low turnout in Thursdays general election.

"That is something that we have to deal with. It is not the PNP's problem it is a national problem," Davies said.

Davies was among dozens of PNP supporters who had filed into the party's Old Hope Road offices, and was anxiously awaiting the election results.

"It would seem to me that there is a strange disjuncture between the level of expenditure (on campaigning), and the ability to invite participation," Davies said.

The voter turnout in this election is expected to be lower than the previous lowest of 53 per cent recorded in last election.

Davies said the media should share the blame for the low voter turnout, arguing that too much focus is given to persons who do not participate in the electoral process.

The PNP won the last general election, 42 seats to the JLP's 21 in the 63-seat House of Representatives.

"I am quite confident that we will retain office," Davies said. The PNP lost the election with 30 seats to the winning JLP's 33 seats.