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EOJ clarifies reports of Cassia Park by-election irregularity

Published:Friday | August 9, 2013 | 9:40 AM

Jovan Johnson



The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is moving to clarify reports of electoral irregularity in yesterday’s by-election in the Cassia Park Division of the East Central St Andrew constituency.




Observer group, Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) says its observers had reported some cases of open voting.



However, Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher says he had visited all seven voting locations and only one case of open voting was reported.



He says this was dealt with by election officials.



CAFFE had also said the number of outdoor agents who congregate outside polling stations was a source of intimidation.



However, Fisher says the police and the political ombudsman would have been responsible for addressing issues of crowding at stations manned by outdoor agents



He says the absence of a political ombudsman would have compromised efforts to deal with the situation.



However, he says there was no observed disadvantage and the matter will be addressed in future elections.



Fisher is hailing yesterday’s polls as event free and an affirmation of the usefulness of the electronic voter identification system.



Preliminary results from yesterday’s election had the Jamaica Labour Party’s Beverley Prince winning 1,586 votes to the People’s National Party’s Sheryn Bromfield 1,176.



The final counting begins this morning at the Tarrant Baptist Church Hall.



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