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Some polling stations to remain open after 5pm following hiccups

Director of Elections Glasspole Brown
 
Polling stations across the island are scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m. Monday in the Local Government Election, but Director of Elections Glasspole Brown says some locations will remain open beyond that time due to hiccups which delayed voting.
 
The Electoral Office of Jamaica had reported that 98 per cent of polling stations opened on time at 7 a.m., while the other two per cent opened before 7:30 a.m.
 
Speaking from the election centre with reporter Javaughn Keyes, Mr. Brown said there were a few minor incidents on Monday morning and a fatal shooting in Flanker, St. James which briefly disrupted voting. 
 
"It impacted on the closure of that location but it is now up and running and we intend to process everybody by 5 o'clock. Just to say, any person that is in the line at Flankers after 5 p.m., we will cotninue to operate those stations until everybody is allowed to cast their ballot," said the director of elections. 
 
Mr. Brown is hopeful that the voter turnout will improve from the 11 per cent recorded at 11 a.m.
 
Data provided by the EOJ indicated that up to 3:00 p.m., the voter turnout was 22.93 per cent.
 
In 2016, the turnout for the comparative period was 21.62 per cent.
 
 


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