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Westmoreland Central by-election in full gear

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Electoral Commission of Jamaica says all 160 polling stations in the Westmoreland Central by-election opened on time at 7 a.m.



Director of Elections Orrette Fisher said all stations are fully staffed and police and political representatives are present at all locations.



The Jamaica Labour Party(JLP) is seeking to break its more than 30-year losing streak to the People’s National Party (PNP) in the constituency.



The JLP has only won the seat twice, since it was formed in 1959, the last in 1983.



Polls are scheduled to close at five o'clock this afternoon.



The JLP’s Faye Reid-Jacobs, the PNP’s Dwayne Vaz and independent candidate, Ras Astor Black, are contesting the elections.



They will be seeking to get the most votes from the 39 thousand 367 persons eligible to vote.



Voting is scheduled to take place in 160 polling stations at 51 locations across the constituency.



Meanwhile, Director of Elections, Orette Fisher last night told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, that the main concern was the continued wet weather conditions affecting sections of the island.



And he's urging electors to also stagger their attendance at the polls to reduce waiting time.



The Electoral Commission of Jamaica says the counting will take place at St John’s Headquarters on Barracks Road in Savanna-la-mar.



The by-election is set to cost some $28.5 million.



The by-election became necessary after late Member of Parliament, Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, died in August.



Meanwhile, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says it is taking a cautious approach to today's by-election.



JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang says he expects a low turnout by voters.



However, he says his party will bring out a higher percentage of voters than the People's National Party, PNP given what he calls the level of discontent with the PNP's representation.



The People's National Party declined to tell The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre its level of preparation going into today's election.



PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke, would only reveal that the party is concerned about the weather.



Heavy rains have been affecting several sections of the island since Friday.



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