Police, soldiers vote today
Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force will vote today ahead of the general election on Thursday.
The security forces will vote along with election-day workers (EDW). They will make up the 39,108 special-services electors to go to the polls today. These include 26,498 EDWs, 10,041 police personnel and 2,569 soldiers.
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher said The Electoral Office of Jamaica has put all systems in place for the day and expects a smooth voting process.
"We worked closely with the JCF and JDF to ensure that the lists for police and military voters were prepared in time. We have also informed the election day workers of their voting day through phone calls, text messages and via the media. The polling stations and staff are equipped and ready to go, so we are expecting the proceedings to go smoothly," he said.
The names of these special-service personnel were extracted from the official voters' list and dispersed to the 195 designated locations, which together account for 282 polling stations, set up to facilitate voting.
There will be five polling locations (20 polling stations) for military voting; 21 polling locations (72 polling stations) for the police; and 169 polling locations (190 polling stations) for EDWs.
The list of polling locations include schools, churches, police stations, courthouses and military bases. Polling hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.