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to use two ballots each
OF Portmore, St. Catherine will vote, using two separate ballots,
in the upcoming Local Government elections.
to Keith Miller, consultant on Local Govern-ment, each voter
in the newly-created municipality will cast one ballot for
the mayor and another for the councillor for his respective
told the Jamaica Information Service that these ballots will
be placed in two separate boxes, counted and forwarded to
the constituency counting centres.
said the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will appoint a
special Returning Officer to oversee the elections in Portmore,
separate from the constituency's Returning Officers.
anticipate that there will be heightened interest particularly
in Portmore... and I think that in many other constituencies,
the interest will be above previous experiences in Local Govern-ment,"
Mr. Miller said.
municipality status, Portmore, which is a dormitory community
covering south and southwest St. Catherine, will be able to
elect its own mayor directly, as well as manage many of its
local affairs, such as street-lighting and garbage collection.
Portmore will be used as a pilot for three years after which
the Government will review the model.