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Fisher projects declaration of winner by 9.30 tonight

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2011 | 12:09 PM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Director of elections, Orrette Fisher, says the country could know the winner of this year’s general elections by as early as 9:30 p.m.

Fisher made the announcement shortly after an early morning to mid-afternoon tour of polling stations across Kingston and St Andrew.

He says the elections have gone mostly smoothly, and believes there should be little hiccups when the official counting of ballots start after 5.00 p.m.

“The polls are slated to close at 5.00 p.m., and we expect that counting will start about 45 minutes later,” said Fisher.

“After that we should therefore know which candidates and party are trending, and by 9.30 p.m., it is likely that one could make the projection as to who will win.”

The tour of the polling stations included officials of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), political ombudsman, Bishop Herro Blair, broadcasting commission director, Cordel Green, representatives of local election observer, Citizens for Free and Fair Elections, and international election observers from the Organisation of American States.

Among the areas visited were St. Andrew South Eastern, Kingston Central, and St. Andrew West Central.