Election turns commercial district into ghost town

Published: Friday | December 30, 2011 Comments 0

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

The customarily busy thoroughfares of the commercial district of Kingston were hauntingly transformed into a ghost town yesterday. The majority of shutters were down, with only a few persons observed on the streets, complemented by an eerie silence.

Only fast-food outlets remained open up to yesterday afternoon and a handful of vendors were seen along Heywood Street selling ground provisions. About 9:05 yesterday morning, most stores were yet to open.

"Because of the elections, there were not much activities in downtown Kingston, most places closed early today (yesterday). All went well, we have had no reports of any incidents," head of the Kingston Central Police Division, Superin-tendent Steve McGregor told The Gleaner yesterday.

While the situation was like this in downtown Kingston, members of the business community in Cross Roads, Half-Way Tree, Liguanea and Constant Spring Road drew down their shutters earlier than usual.

Peaceful

"Most of the businesses closed early yesterday. But we had to order a number of bars closed," Senior Superintendent Derrick Knight, of the St Andrew Central Police Division, told The Gleaner.

He stressed that the day went incident free and, up to news time, the police were strategising to ensure everything remained peaceful.

"Commerce was low key, it was not the normal flow, only a few places were open," said Superinten-dent Everald Linton, of the St Andrew North Police Division.

glenroy.sinclair@gleanerjm.com

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