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ECJ reports on December by-election voter turn out

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Data from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has shown that most of the people who voted in last month’s by-election were between ages the 36 and 54.



The ECJ says it is moving to increase its efficiency by collecting information on Election Day, which will facilitate the generation of statistics on voter turnout.



It says the initiative was piloted during the recent Westmoreland Central by-election.



The ECJ says the data collected showed that electors between 36 and 54 years of age accounted for 41 per cent of the 15,091 voters who turned out to cast ballots in the poll.



Voters over 55 years old accounted for 4,458 or 30 per cent of those who cast ballots.



Meanwhile, electors aged 18 to 25 made up 11 per cent of voters and18 per cent of electors were between the ages of 25 and 35.



The ECJ also says 8,133 or 53.9 per cent of the voters were women, while 6,958 or 46.1 per cent were men.



Director of Elections Orrette Fisher says the collection of these data is aimed at improving the ECJ’s capacity to provide comprehensive electoral data.



He says this kind of information might also be useful in efforts toward understanding and addressing voter apathy.



The director of elections says this initiative will be replicated in all future elections.



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