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EOJ in preparation mode for by-elections

Thursday, February 08, 2018

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THE Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it is in full preparation mode for the by-elections in the St Andrew North Western constituency and the Norman Gardens Division.

The two seats were left vacant by the departure of former Member of Parliament Derrick Smith and former Councillor Dr Angela Brown Burke, respectively. The by-elections are scheduled for March 5.

Smith recently retired from representational politics, while Dr Brown Burke was last year elected to represent St Andrew South Western in the House of Representatives.

The EOJ in a media release yesterday said that on February 5, it submitted a $41-million budget to the Ministry of Finance for conducting the elections.

The EOJ said that $26.8 million has been estimated for the by-election in St Andrew North Western, while $13.9 million has been apportioned for the Norman Gardens Division.

Nomination Day is set for Monday, February 12 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at Pembroke Hall Community Centre in St Andrew North Western, and between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm at Windward Road Primary and Junior High School for Norman Gardens Division.

Candidates are required to fill out a nomination form signed by any 10 or more electors registered to vote in St Andrew North Western; six electors or more registered to vote in the Norman Gardens Division; and pay the nomination fee of $3,000.

The law requires that Nomination Day be at least five clear days after the announcement of an election; and Election Day, a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 23 days after Nomination Day.

A total of 112 polling stations across 21 voting locations will be used in St Andrew North Western and 52 polling stations across 12 locations will be used in the Norman Gardens Division.

A total of 420 election day workers will be required to conduct both elections — 285 in St Andrew North Western and 135 in Norman Gardens. Election day workers will be trained to use the Electronic Voter Identification System, which will be used to identify electors in both elections.

The November 30, 2017 voters' list will be used for the elections, the release said.

There are 13,517 registered voters in the Norman Gardens Division, and 30,216 in the St Andrew North Western constituency.

Only electors registered to vote in St Andrew North Western and the Norman Gardens Division will be allowed to vote in the upcoming by-elections.

The EOJ said electors can confirm if their name is on the current voters' list by visiting the ECJ website at www.ecj.com.jm.

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