Voting simulations ahead of March 5 by-elections

Friday, February 23, 2018

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THE Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it will be conducting a voting simulation exercise for registered electors in the St Andrew North Western constituency and the Norman Gardens Division tomorrow.

The exercise, according to an EOJ release, is aimed at demonstrating to electors how the Electronic Voter Identification System (EVIS), to be used in the March 5 by-election, works.

The event will be held at Pembroke Hall High School and Windward Road Primary and Junior High School from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the release said.

“Electors will be given an opportunity to experience how their identity will be verified on election day using their fingerprint. At the same time, the exercise allows election day workers to practise using the system in an environment similar to election day,” the release said. “Through these exercises, the EOJ is also able to evaluate the performance of the EVIS system ahead of the elections.”

The exercise, therefore, is expected to reduce apprehension about the system and ensure a more efficient process on March 5, the EOJ said.

The EOJ is encouraging electors registered to vote in the St Andrew North Western constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of Kingston East and Port Royal to take advantage of the exercise in order to become familiar with the system.




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