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EOJ highlights huge cost to prepare for elections

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 9:49 AM

The Director of Elections Orette Fisher is renewing calls for more Jamaicans to vote in elections.

In the February 25 polls, almost one million registered voters did not cast their ballots.

In fact, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says of the 1.8 million registered electors, only 882,389 people or 48.37 per cent voted.

Fisher says the EOJ would like to see more Jamaicans participating in elections because of the huge cost to prepare for them.


Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher

Fisher says it costs approximately $1.1 billion to stage the general elections in February.

Some $689 million was used to pay Election Day workers comprising 20,000 polling station workers, 8,000 security assistants and 14,000 indoor agents.

Another big ticket item from the election budget was the $273 million which was used to buy goods and services such as toners, printer maintenance kits, integrity lamps, voting inks, and other stationery.