More overseas observers for General Election

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The Dr Lloyd Barnett-chaired Citizens Action for Free and Fair Election

Two more overseas groups have accepted invitations from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, (ECJ), to monitor Thursday's General Election. This increases to three the number of international teams that will be observing voting activities. Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Professor Errol Miller, says the two groups are based in the region. Members of the teams are scheduled to arrive in the island on Tuesday. Earlier this month the Organization of American States, (OAS), said it would send an observer team for the election. And although the parties have all but wrapped up their campaigns for the General Election, Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair says his office remains on high alert. Bishop Blair says arrangements have been made for his office to continue monitoring political activities during the holiday period. A campaign free period will be introduced come Monday Effective midnight, the parties have agreed to stop political broadcasts and campaign commercials on radio and television. No new campaign ads should be posted on the internet during the period.The black out will continue until 7am election day. As it relates to print media, no ads will appear in the December 28 and 29 publications.