No rule against party colours — EOJ

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY senior staff reporter dunkleya@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, December 29, 2011



 

DIRECTOR of Elections Orette Fisher is at this time emphasising that there is no rule against voters wearing party colours or clothing with photographs of their candidates of choice.

The Director's comments comes in the wake of reports of persons being prevented from entering polling stations by virtue of their attire.

"We do not prevent persons from wearing colours inside the polling station. However workers in particular are not allowed to wear anything that seeks to advertise or promote any party or candidate.

As far as the voters are concerned, we really have no issue with what they wear because we expect them to vote and leave the polling station," the Director of Elections told the Observer.

In one instance today scores of persons who turned up to vote wearing their party colours had to change into neutral colours before they were allowed in the polling station at Olympic Gardens Health Centre in West Central St Andrew to cast their votes.

Outdoor agents spent the time loaning white T-shirts to the many persons who showed up in shirts depicting respective candidates or who wore sleeveless and shorts.

In the meantime the Director of Elections told the Observer that he had received no complaints of "confusion, vote buying and attempted bogus voting" in West Central St James as was being reported in sections of the media.


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