EOJ estimates 30 percent voter turnout
Claudine Housen/Noel Thompson/Adrian Frater
With less than two hours to go before the polls close, Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) officials are reporting that less than half of the 21,876 registered voters in Eastern Westmoreland turned out to cast their ballots in todayâ€™s by-election.
â€œBased on what I have seen so far, I am estimating that the voter turnout is in the region of 30 percent,â€? said Dr. Daphne Johnson, EOJ Returning Officer for the constituency.
Dr. Johnson commented that is was too early to cite the factors, which might have contributed to the low voter turnout. She however said that the election proceedings were generally peaceful.
As voters slowly trickle into polling stations, supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Peopleâ€™s National Party (PNP) are now converging in Darliston Square at their respective party constituency offices.
Both headquarters are located less than 100 meters apart and supporters of both parties are now engaged in friendly banter.
â€œI was most impressed with the good behaviour of the people today and would hope the rest of Jamaica would see that elections can be carried out with decency and decorum,â€? a police officer told The Gleaner as he observed the happenings.