JAMAICANS voted today in the country’s 17th General Election since universal adult suffrage when citizens won the right to vote for the first time in 1944, while the country was still under colonial rule.
As the counting of ballots continue, action at the Electoral Office of Jamaica headquarters on Red Hills Road in St Andrew is in high gear as Jamaicans watch with bated breaths for constituencies to be declared.
In the meantime, the Electoral Office of Jamaica has released the voter turnout summary from some of the polling stations islandwide.
The Jamaica Observer reported earlier today that a total of 723,754 Jamaicans had voted as of the ECJ’s 3:30 pm report.
Political pundits, using recent opinion polls, believe the election will go down to the wire in the race for the 63 parliamentary seats. However, the two major political parties — the People’s National Party (PNP), which has campaigned under the slogan ‘Step Up the Progress’, and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which has promised voters to move them from ‘Poverty to Prosperity’ — were, up to last night, brimming with confidence that they will take home the election.