Counting underway, following close of polls in Clarendon South East by-election

by March 2nd, 2020

The counting of ballots is underway, following the close of polls in the Clarendon South Eastern by-election.

The over 135 polling stations across the constituency closed at 5pm.

The seat is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s Pearnel Charles Jnr, and independent candidate, Dereck Lambert.

Director of Elections Glasspole Brown says counting is taking place at the Vere Technical High School, after which the preliminary results will be released.

Meantime, the Electoral Office of Jamaica, EOJ says the voting process for most part went smoothly.

The EOJ says, voter turnout up to 3:00 pm was fifteen percent, comparatively, the voter turnout in the constituency at 3:00 pm for the February 25, 2016 general election was fortyone percent.

And the Election Centre earlier reported minor hiccups during today’s voting process.

In a statement, the EOJ said, it became aware of unauthorized individuals clad in shirts marked “Observer” at voting locations, interfering with potential voters in the Clarendon South Eastern constituency.

The Election Centre is clarifying that only Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections, CAFFE, has been accredited observer status by the Electoral Commission.

Co-chairs of the Election Centre, Director of Elections Glasspole Brown and Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown in condemning the act, cautioned persons against engaging in this misleading conduct.