SAN JUAN – Jamaica’s national police announced special security arrangements for citizens and political parties ahead of the Feb. 25 general elections.
Police officers will be deployed at key locations across the island to ensure that the election process goes smoothly, Assistant Commissioner Terrence Bent said.
At the polls, voters should refrain from using masks or T-shirts to conceal their faces and should cast their ballots in an orderly manner, he said.
Bent also called on gun owners to leave their weapons at home on election day.
Last week, the leaders of Jamaica’s governing People’s National Party and main opposition Jamaica Labor Party agreed on a political code of conduct amid growing pre-election tension.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and opposition leader Andrew Holness signed the pact after four people were killed in shooting incidents at JLP campaign events in Montego Bay.
The Caribbean country of 2.7 million has 1.8 million registered voters, according to data from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.
In the 2011 elections, the PNP took 41 of the 63 seats in parliament, with the rest going to the JLP.