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#JaVotes2016: Omar Davies concerned about low voter turnout

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:23 PM

Dr Omar Davies, the People's National Party (PNP) standard-bearer for South St Andrew, has expressed concerns about the low turnout for the general election.

"That is something that we have to deal with. It is not the PNP's problem, it is a national problem," Davies said.

Davies is among dozens of PNP supporters so far, who have filed into the party's Old Hope Road offices, anxiously awaiting the results of the elections.

"It would seem to me that there is a strange disjuncture between the level of expenditure (on campaigning), and the ability to invite participation," Davies said.

The voter turnout in today's election is expected  to be lower than the previous lowest of 53 per cent recorded in the last election.

Davies said the media should share the blame for the low voter turnout, arguing that too much focus is given to persons, who do not participate in the electoral process.

The PNP won the last general election, 42 seats to the JLP's 21 in the 63-seat House of Representatives.

"I am quite confident that we will retain office," Davies said.