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Electoral Commission adds close to 20,000 new voters

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 6:57 PM

Almost 20,000 persons have been added to the list of eligible voters.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says 19,849 names were added to the latest voters’ list which was published on Wednesday.

The ECJ says 1,926 individuals who are no longer eligible to vote were removed from the list.

According to the electoral body, a total of 1,888,168 Jamaicans were registered to vote as at May 31st.

It says this is a net increase of 17,923 when compared with the 1,870,245 persons who were included on the last voters’ list that was published on December 31 last year.

Meanwhile, the ECJ says identification cards will be available by the middle of the month for those persons who were added to the list published on Wednesday.

It says the cards, which will expire at the end of the year, can be collected at ECJ constituency offices across the island.

The ECJ also announced plans to commence a house-to-house enumeration exercise in the current financial year, following which a new voters’ list will be published.

It says all existing identification cards will remain valid until the completion of the enumeration exercise.

The ECJ has also promised to issue a comprehensive statement on how the identification cards will be treated.