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Noel Palmer: The PNP transporter

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:00 AMShanique Samuels
Noel Palmer, People's National Party transporter.

Campaigning to woo voters is one thing, but getting voters out on election day to cast their ballot is just as important.

Noel Palmer was yesterday tasked with the job of rounding up and transporting People's National Party (PNP) voters to their polling divisions in James Hill in Clarendon Northern.

"I've been out since 6:30 this morning transporting voters from all bout di area fi come vote. Mi done a full tank a gas and mi refuel the vehicle. So far, me gone over hundred-and-odd round trips and di day nuh done yet," Palmer told The Gleaner when our news team caught up with him. He was shuttling voters from a number of communities, including Desire, Carty Hill, Bog Hole, James Hill, and Dawkins.

"Me nuh stay one place. Me deh all over. Me response fi young people, old people, and the disabled, too," he said.

Palmer admitted that logistics were a bit challenging yesterday, but he had a list of names of the persons to be transported and an assistant who coordinated the voters between trips using the list.

Palmer, who operates a taxi service occasionally, used a white Toyota Town Ace to shuttle persons to and from the James Hill Primary School.

"It is my duty to go to their homes and take out the people to ensure they come vote."

"My daddy get a stroke and I carried him in his wheelchair and lifted him to go vote from early this morning," Palmer said.

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