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EOJ says it is ready for Special Services voting

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 3:27 PM

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) say that staff and polling station material are in place for Election Day Workers and members of the police and military forces to cast their votes on Friday.

It says preparations have been made to accommodate voting for the 38,877 special services electors ahead of the November 28 Local Government Elections. This group is made up of 10,196 police officers, 2,373 soldiers and 26,308 Election Day Workers.

Under the Representation of the People Act, provisions are made for these electors to vote three days before the rest of the population, to ensure that they are available for duty on Election Day.

Election Day Workers, military and police personnel who do not vote on Friday, November 25, will not be able to do so on November 28.

The EOJ says this is because their names have been extracted from the Voters’ List to accommodate the November 25 voting and therefore will not be on the civilian list used on November 28.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has set up 230 designated locations to facilitate voting on the day.

The locations and polling stations have been allocated as follows:

· six polling locations (18 polling stations) for military voting;

· 21 polling locations (74 polling stations) for the police; 

· 203 polling locations (237 polling stations) for Election Day Workers.

The list of polling locations includes schools, churches, police stations, court houses and military bases.

Police and military personnel have been assigned to vote at the voting location closest to where they are based or stationed. The ballots will later be sorted and transferred to the respective Returning Officers to be counted on November 28.

The EOJ has worked closely with the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Defence Force to ensure that the lists for police and military voters were prepared in time. Election Day Workers have been notified of their voting day through phone calls, text messages and via the media.

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