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Local Gov't Election: EOJ reports 11% voter turnout for morning session

 
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reporting a voter turnout of 11 per cent up to 11 a.m. for the Local Government Election. 
 
Voting continues until 5:00 p.m.
 
In the 2016 poll, there was 10 per cent voter turnout for the morning session.
 
In the meantime, election observer group, Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) says the voting process for Monday's election has been proceeding normally with no major incident up to 11 a.m.
 
But approximately eight per cent of polling stations reported some disruption in the voting process.
 
Additionally, CAFFE says there were seven reported cases of intimidation of voters but no incident of violent conduct.
 
The group say it will endeavour to obtain the particulars of these incidents.
 
In the meantime, in over 96 per cent of polling stations, voters who were properly identified were allowed to vote.
 
CAFFE says it observers encountered some difficulty in gaining access to a number of polling stations.
 
It has sought the intervention of the Director of Elections and efforts are being made to resolve the issues.
 
CAFFE has deployed 38 non-partisan roving observers and 339 indoor observers to polling stations covering all of the 14 parishes in the island.
 


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