SAN JUAN – Thousands of security force members and election workers in Jamaica cast ballots Monday ahead of the general elections scheduled for Feb. 25.
The Electoral Office of Jamaica said in a statement that 26,498 election workers and 12,610 police and military personnel were expected to head to the polls three days before the rest of the electorate.
The voting takes place at 195 polling locations set up in schools, churches, police stations, military bases and courthouses across the island.
Ahead of Thursday’s general election, the EOJ has sought to assure workers in the western parish of St. James that all systems will be in place to enable them to safely carry out their duties.
The 1,000 workers expressed concern in the aftermath of recent incidents of violence in the parish, where at least four people were fatally shot during campaign activity.
The Caribbean country of 2.7 million has 1.8 million registered voters, according to data from the EOJ.
In the 2011 elections, the ruling People’s National Party took 41 of the 63 seats in parliament, with the rest going to the main opposition Jamaica Labor Party.