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4,837 electors no longer able to vote for Portmore Mayor

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 6:08 PM

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is reporting that some 4,837 electors in 16 polling divisions will no longer be able to vote in the Portmore mayoral election following a court decision, handed down this week.

In the decision, the Supreme Court said the mayoral election for the Municipality of Portmore cannot be held on the gazetted boundaries of 2015.

Instead, the election must be held on the 2003 boundaries.

The affected electoral divisions are Greater Portmore North in St Catherine Southern and the Portmore Pines in St Catherine East Central.

As a result of the change, the 4,837 voters in these divisions will be issued with a single ballot on election day to vote for a councillor.

The remaining 93,054 electors will be given two ballots: one to vote for the councillor and the other to vote for the mayor of Portmore.

The ECJ says with the change, it will no longer need a number of poll clerks for the municipal election.

They would have each been paid $6,500.

The ECJ also says it has cost $44,000 to print the ballots for the 4,837 electors who will no longer vote in the mayoral election.