Potential election day workers withdrawing from service, EOJ appeals to employers
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has disclosed that several persons selected to serve as Election Day Workers in next Monday's Local Government Elections are being denied permission from their employers to perform their civic duty.
The EOJ says many potential workers have been withdrawing from election duties as a result.
In the public sector, Election Day work done by employees is not treated as leave.
Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, is appealing to employers to assist the electoral process by granting their staff time-off without penalty.
Fisher says although giving time off is a great sacrifice, especially for small businesses, the electoral process depends heavily on the availability of honest, hardworking persons to serve as election day workers.
Fisher is urging employers to reconsider and make the necessary arrangements to allow their staff to participate in election day activities.
The EOJ is reassuring the public that polling stations across the island will be adequately be staffed despite the decline in the number of workers.
It says workers who were previously selected as reserves are currently being assigned to take up positions at polling stations.
Meanwhile, the EOJ is reminding employers that workers are entitled to three hours off to vote on Election Day, in addition to the normal lunch hour.
However, the EOJ says this does not apply to persons who begin work at 10 o'clock or later in the morning or who leave work before 2 in the afternoon.