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Low turnout of early voters in St Elizabeth

Published:Friday | March 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth:

IT WAS a slow day for voting in St Elizabeth on Wednesday, as police personnel, members of the Jamaica Defence Force and election-day workers cast their ballots ahead of Monday's local government elections.

Election-day workers voted at 15 polling stations within the parish, while the police and the military cast their ballots at the Black River Police Station, which housed two polling stations.

Slow turnout

Observations of the proceedings started at the Balaclava Primary School. At 8:35 a.m., only three persons had already cast their ballots. One police-woman turned up at the polling station and was redirected to Black River. Upon hearing her option, she said she was uncertain whether she would actually vote.

In Black River, normal policing ran alongside voting activities. Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon, only 27 members of the security forces had already voted in one of the polling stations. An outdoor agent revealed that the name of a policewoman who voted in St Elizabeth for the general election was on a list in Kingston.

Mixed feelings

The mood of the officers varied, one dejected female officer said she would not be voting as she had already voted in the last election. She said she was not even familiar with the candidates that were up for election.

One of her male colleagues proudly displayed his inked finger, stating that he had done his constitutional duty.

- Nackeisha Tomlinson