Tyrone Reid, Staff Reporter
A strong contingent of mobile and stationed security personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) enveloped Jamaica College (JC) and its environs along Hope Road for today\'s staging of the Peopleâ€™s National Party (PNP) presidential elections.
Members of the heavy security detachment guarded all entrances to the JC grounds. Nothing came or went without being spot-checked. Only accredited persons could enter the premises.
The flow of traffic was severely hampered as the officers cordoned off sections of the major thoroughfare, which caused bumper-to-bumper congestion.
While there were no major threats to breach the security teamâ€™s blanket, the officers had their hands full with the youthful exuberance being displayed by the delegates and regular supporters from the different camps who congregated along the Hope Road corridor. The police could be seen and heard issuing directives for the supporters desist from congregating on the sidewalk.
â€œItâ€™s just for congestion purposes. We donâ€™t have any problems so far,â€? Inspector Robinson told The Gleaner. He said that his team was trying to get the supporters to gather at their designated sites instead of on the sidewalks.
Motorists were allowed to drive on the opposite side of the road heading to Papine, as it seemed that no vehicular traffic was being allowed to pass directly in front of the all boysâ€™ institution.
At the end of voting for day, there were no reports of any significant untoward activity.