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All equipment is working, says EOJ

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Director of elections at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Orette Fisher has dismissed reports that election equipment have been malfunctioning at polling stations across the island.

It was reported that many persons across the island, who turned out to cast their votes, had to return home without doing so because lines were too long and election equipment had been malfunctioning.

Candidates from both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) have also been complaining of the slow voting process and that the electoral machines were malfunctioning.

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According to reports from the EOJ, as at 1:00p.m. over 500,000 persons had voted, which accounts for 31.54 per cent of the voting population. There are 1,824,412 electors on the voters' list.

Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m.

EOJ said special accommodation will be made for voters who were in line before 5:00p.m.

This will allow them to cast their vote.

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Polling is yet to get underway at Ramble Hanover after a polling station was destroyed by fire overnight.

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher confirmed the incident iThursday morning.

Mr Fisher said the Electoral Office of Jamaica is urgently seeking an alternative location so polling can commence.

Ramble is in the constituency of Eastern Hanover which is being contested by Dave Hume Brown for the Jamaica Labour Party and Wynter McIntosh for the People's National Party.





Today February 25 is Election Day in Jamaica!

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Jamaicans head to the polls to elect a new government, today, with voting set to begin at 7.00 a.m.

There are 1.82 million electors registered to cast ballots.

As for the candidates - 152 who will be vying for votes - 63 each for the People's National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party, seven candidates from the National Democratic Movement, nine from other parties, and 10 independent candidates.





ST THOMAS: Police ready for worst case scenario

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police.jpgPolice personnel in St Thomas are prepared to tackle the most challenging scenarios as Jamaica goes to the polls to elect a new Government today.

According to Superintendent of Police Beau Rigabie, his regular team will be boosted by a detail from Mobile Reserve and a detachment from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), as the parish bolsters its law enforcement assets ahead of the general election.

He said he will have "385 police officers" at his disposal to carry out broad-based operational functions, including manning 257 polling stations in the bi-sect of St Thomas Western and St Thomas Eastern.

The incumbent candidate for the eastern divide of the parish, the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Fenton Ferguson faces off with his Opposition challenger Delano Seiveright of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for the seat in the new Parliament, while councillor Marsha Francis of the PNP is seeking to unseat the JLP's James Robertson on the western end.

Also in the race in St Thomas Western is Robert Cover of the Marcus Garvey People's Progressive Party.

Rigabie, who was recently transferred from the Westmoreland Police Division, said the police have catalogued a number of potentially explosive polling areas and have devised strategies to safeguard and respond if that becomes necessary.





Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has intervened in the squabble between the leaders of the two main political parties ahead of the February 25 general election.

Parchment Brown has propsed a meeting Wednesday with PNP President Portia Simpson Miller and JLP Leader Andrew Holness and says that she is "very hopeful that both will be available (on Wednesday the 17th) so we're making every effort to organize a meeting at some point during the day." .

The tension has resulted from public utterances by both leaders as well as threats of legal action.

Mrs Parchment Brown said she had written to Mrs. Simpson Miller and Mr. Holness and tried to arrange a meeting on Monday of this week, but neither was able to attend on that day.





pnp-manifesto-launch-2016.jpgThe ruling People's National Party (PNP) on Tuesday unveiled its development plan for Jamaica should it be re-elected in the February 21 General Election.

See below the PNP's '21 Further Steps to Progress' outlined in its manifesto launched on Tuesday:

1) Add at least 100,000 new jobs over the next five years. This will include improving the room stock in the hotel industry by over 14,000 in the next decade, creating more than 40,000 permanent jobs as well as a special youth employment programme that will place 10,000 persons in new jobs.

2) Continue to actively support a national security policy that increasingly empowers citizens, promotes security, peace and safety in communities while reinforcing a culture of lawfulness and public order.

3) Establish a single anti-corruption agency to replace the Parliamentary Integrity Commission, the Office of the Contractor General and the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, to enable the more efficient fight of corruption in Jamaica.

4) Eliminate the shift system in both primary and secondary schools to allow maximum contact time for both teaching and learning, thus contributing to the push to raise educational standards. Accelerate the expansion of the school feeding programme as part of poverty alleviation, to respond to the needs of more students and in support regular attendance at school.

5) Increase investments in order to develop a better trained and more productive labour force to help achieve our national development goals. Our focus will be on the increase application of science and technologyand integrating training programmes appropriate to the 21st century.

6) Continue the extensive modernization of the country's physical infrastructure in order to expand the opportunities for agriculture, tourism, housing and commercial development as part of our growth agenda.

7) Accelerate the programme to build a logistic-centred economy, develop special economic zones and remove constraints in doing business, while placing emphasis on integrating manufacturing with other sectors in the domestic economy.

8) Facilitate investment in the provision of increased space for business process outsourcing through the combined efforts of the Factories Corporation, the port Authority and the Development Bank of Jamaica.

9) Transform MSMEs into competitive enterprises by building capacity, expanding entrepreneurship through training in marketing, leadership communication and technical skills and providing financing through the Development Bank of Jamaica.

10) Accelerate the modernization and expansion of the agricultural sector that will be supported by increased investment and the repair and rehabilitation of 41 farm roads across the island.

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11) Continue the programme to diversify sources of energy - solar, wind and liquefied natural gas technologies.

12) Create and Facilitate housing solutions to increase substantially the number of Jamaican families who own and live in their own homes. Special priority will be given to satisfying the demand in the lowest income bracket.

13) Improve the quality of health care in our major hospitals, while upgrading community health care facilities across the country. Emphasis will be placed on access and accountability of health care for all with special attention to children to children and senior citizens, improving the benefits available through NHF, JADEP and NI Gold. We will also establish a full integrated medical cannabis and nutraceutical.

14) Develop a national shelter strategy for victims of gender-based violence. This will include the construction of four shelters for the protection of women who experience sexual or physical abuse.

15) Establish a cultural and creative industries enhancement fund, develop a creative economy policy and an overarching master plan to support the creation of an enabling environment for the growth and development of the cultural and creative industries.

16) Create a modern Jamaica Council for Person with Disabilities to direct and guide the programmes of policies impacting peoples with disabilities and establish a Disabilities Rights Tribunal to adjudicate complaints of discrimination.

17) Establish a National Agency for Meteorology and Climate Change Reliance, while implementing an integrate approach to restoring and managing our watershed management units.

18) Continue as a matter of priority the implementation of tax reform to further lower the rates of taxes including income tax, both personal and corporate as well GCT, transfer tax and asset tax as the fiscal situation improves. Expand the range of tax relief measures available under the Urban Renewal Act for the Kingston Metropolitan Area and extend relief to significant urban centres in rural Jamaica.

19) Expand new and existing sewerage systems in the Kingston Metropolitan region.

20) Continue the transformation of the public sector to make it a more efficient customer service oriented sector, an enabling environment which supports the further growth and development of entities as a vehicle for stimulating investment and broadening the base of ownership, including through listings on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Junior Market.

21) Continue our work in foreign affairs and foreign trade while strengthening our relationship with Jamaicans in the Diaspora.





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Today February 25 is Election Day in Jamaica!

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Jamaicans head to the polls to elect a new government, today, with voting set to begin at 7.00 a.m.

There are 1.82 million electors registered to cast ballots.

As for the candidates - 152 who will be vying for votes - 63 each for the People's National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party, seven candidates from the National Democratic Movement, nine from other parties, and 10 independent candidates.





ST THOMAS: Police ready for worst case scenario

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police.jpgPolice personnel in St Thomas are prepared to tackle the most challenging scenarios as Jamaica goes to the polls to elect a new Government today.

According to Superintendent of Police Beau Rigabie, his regular team will be boosted by a detail from Mobile Reserve and a detachment from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), as the parish bolsters its law enforcement assets ahead of the general election.

He said he will have "385 police officers" at his disposal to carry out broad-based operational functions, including manning 257 polling stations in the bi-sect of St Thomas Western and St Thomas Eastern.

The incumbent candidate for the eastern divide of the parish, the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Fenton Ferguson faces off with his Opposition challenger Delano Seiveright of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for the seat in the new Parliament, while councillor Marsha Francis of the PNP is seeking to unseat the JLP's James Robertson on the western end.

Also in the race in St Thomas Western is Robert Cover of the Marcus Garvey People's Progressive Party.

Rigabie, who was recently transferred from the Westmoreland Police Division, said the police have catalogued a number of potentially explosive polling areas and have devised strategies to safeguard and respond if that becomes necessary.





Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has intervened in the squabble between the leaders of the two main political parties ahead of the February 25 general election.

Parchment Brown has propsed a meeting Wednesday with PNP President Portia Simpson Miller and JLP Leader Andrew Holness and says that she is "very hopeful that both will be available (on Wednesday the 17th) so we're making every effort to organize a meeting at some point during the day." .

The tension has resulted from public utterances by both leaders as well as threats of legal action.

Mrs Parchment Brown said she had written to Mrs. Simpson Miller and Mr. Holness and tried to arrange a meeting on Monday of this week, but neither was able to attend on that day.





pnp-manifesto-launch-2016.jpgThe ruling People's National Party (PNP) on Tuesday unveiled its development plan for Jamaica should it be re-elected in the February 21 General Election.

See below the PNP's '21 Further Steps to Progress' outlined in its manifesto launched on Tuesday:

1) Add at least 100,000 new jobs over the next five years. This will include improving the room stock in the hotel industry by over 14,000 in the next decade, creating more than 40,000 permanent jobs as well as a special youth employment programme that will place 10,000 persons in new jobs.

2) Continue to actively support a national security policy that increasingly empowers citizens, promotes security, peace and safety in communities while reinforcing a culture of lawfulness and public order.

3) Establish a single anti-corruption agency to replace the Parliamentary Integrity Commission, the Office of the Contractor General and the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, to enable the more efficient fight of corruption in Jamaica.

4) Eliminate the shift system in both primary and secondary schools to allow maximum contact time for both teaching and learning, thus contributing to the push to raise educational standards. Accelerate the expansion of the school feeding programme as part of poverty alleviation, to respond to the needs of more students and in support regular attendance at school.

5) Increase investments in order to develop a better trained and more productive labour force to help achieve our national development goals. Our focus will be on the increase application of science and technologyand integrating training programmes appropriate to the 21st century.

6) Continue the extensive modernization of the country's physical infrastructure in order to expand the opportunities for agriculture, tourism, housing and commercial development as part of our growth agenda.

7) Accelerate the programme to build a logistic-centred economy, develop special economic zones and remove constraints in doing business, while placing emphasis on integrating manufacturing with other sectors in the domestic economy.

8) Facilitate investment in the provision of increased space for business process outsourcing through the combined efforts of the Factories Corporation, the port Authority and the Development Bank of Jamaica.

9) Transform MSMEs into competitive enterprises by building capacity, expanding entrepreneurship through training in marketing, leadership communication and technical skills and providing financing through the Development Bank of Jamaica.

10) Accelerate the modernization and expansion of the agricultural sector that will be supported by increased investment and the repair and rehabilitation of 41 farm roads across the island.

pnp-manifesto-launch-21-steps.jpg

11) Continue the programme to diversify sources of energy - solar, wind and liquefied natural gas technologies.

12) Create and Facilitate housing solutions to increase substantially the number of Jamaican families who own and live in their own homes. Special priority will be given to satisfying the demand in the lowest income bracket.

13) Improve the quality of health care in our major hospitals, while upgrading community health care facilities across the country. Emphasis will be placed on access and accountability of health care for all with special attention to children to children and senior citizens, improving the benefits available through NHF, JADEP and NI Gold. We will also establish a full integrated medical cannabis and nutraceutical.

14) Develop a national shelter strategy for victims of gender-based violence. This will include the construction of four shelters for the protection of women who experience sexual or physical abuse.

15) Establish a cultural and creative industries enhancement fund, develop a creative economy policy and an overarching master plan to support the creation of an enabling environment for the growth and development of the cultural and creative industries.

16) Create a modern Jamaica Council for Person with Disabilities to direct and guide the programmes of policies impacting peoples with disabilities and establish a Disabilities Rights Tribunal to adjudicate complaints of discrimination.

17) Establish a National Agency for Meteorology and Climate Change Reliance, while implementing an integrate approach to restoring and managing our watershed management units.

18) Continue as a matter of priority the implementation of tax reform to further lower the rates of taxes including income tax, both personal and corporate as well GCT, transfer tax and asset tax as the fiscal situation improves. Expand the range of tax relief measures available under the Urban Renewal Act for the Kingston Metropolitan Area and extend relief to significant urban centres in rural Jamaica.

19) Expand new and existing sewerage systems in the Kingston Metropolitan region.

20) Continue the transformation of the public sector to make it a more efficient customer service oriented sector, an enabling environment which supports the further growth and development of entities as a vehicle for stimulating investment and broadening the base of ownership, including through listings on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Junior Market.

21) Continue our work in foreign affairs and foreign trade while strengthening our relationship with Jamaicans in the Diaspora.





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ST THOMAS: Police ready for worst case scenario

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police.jpgPolice personnel in St Thomas are prepared to tackle the most challenging scenarios as Jamaica goes to the polls to elect a new Government today.

According to Superintendent of Police Beau Rigabie, his regular team will be boosted by a detail from Mobile Reserve and a detachment from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), as the parish bolsters its law enforcement assets ahead of the general election.

He said he will have "385 police officers" at his disposal to carry out broad-based operational functions, including manning 257 polling stations in the bi-sect of St Thomas Western and St Thomas Eastern.

The incumbent candidate for the eastern divide of the parish, the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Fenton Ferguson faces off with his Opposition challenger Delano Seiveright of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for the seat in the new Parliament, while councillor Marsha Francis of the PNP is seeking to unseat the JLP's James Robertson on the western end.

Also in the race in St Thomas Western is Robert Cover of the Marcus Garvey People's Progressive Party.

Rigabie, who was recently transferred from the Westmoreland Police Division, said the police have catalogued a number of potentially explosive polling areas and have devised strategies to safeguard and respond if that becomes necessary.





Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has intervened in the squabble between the leaders of the two main political parties ahead of the February 25 general election.

Parchment Brown has propsed a meeting Wednesday with PNP President Portia Simpson Miller and JLP Leader Andrew Holness and says that she is "very hopeful that both will be available (on Wednesday the 17th) so we're making every effort to organize a meeting at some point during the day." .

The tension has resulted from public utterances by both leaders as well as threats of legal action.

Mrs Parchment Brown said she had written to Mrs. Simpson Miller and Mr. Holness and tried to arrange a meeting on Monday of this week, but neither was able to attend on that day.





pnp-manifesto-launch-2016.jpgThe ruling People's National Party (PNP) on Tuesday unveiled its development plan for Jamaica should it be re-elected in the February 21 General Election.

See below the PNP's '21 Further Steps to Progress' outlined in its manifesto launched on Tuesday:

1) Add at least 100,000 new jobs over the next five years. This will include improving the room stock in the hotel industry by over 14,000 in the next decade, creating more than 40,000 permanent jobs as well as a special youth employment programme that will place 10,000 persons in new jobs.

2) Continue to actively support a national security policy that increasingly empowers citizens, promotes security, peace and safety in communities while reinforcing a culture of lawfulness and public order.

3) Establish a single anti-corruption agency to replace the Parliamentary Integrity Commission, the Office of the Contractor General and the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, to enable the more efficient fight of corruption in Jamaica.

4) Eliminate the shift system in both primary and secondary schools to allow maximum contact time for both teaching and learning, thus contributing to the push to raise educational standards. Accelerate the expansion of the school feeding programme as part of poverty alleviation, to respond to the needs of more students and in support regular attendance at school.

5) Increase investments in order to develop a better trained and more productive labour force to help achieve our national development goals. Our focus will be on the increase application of science and technologyand integrating training programmes appropriate to the 21st century.

6) Continue the extensive modernization of the country's physical infrastructure in order to expand the opportunities for agriculture, tourism, housing and commercial development as part of our growth agenda.

7) Accelerate the programme to build a logistic-centred economy, develop special economic zones and remove constraints in doing business, while placing emphasis on integrating manufacturing with other sectors in the domestic economy.

8) Facilitate investment in the provision of increased space for business process outsourcing through the combined efforts of the Factories Corporation, the port Authority and the Development Bank of Jamaica.

9) Transform MSMEs into competitive enterprises by building capacity, expanding entrepreneurship through training in marketing, leadership communication and technical skills and providing financing through the Development Bank of Jamaica.

10) Accelerate the modernization and expansion of the agricultural sector that will be supported by increased investment and the repair and rehabilitation of 41 farm roads across the island.

pnp-manifesto-launch-21-steps.jpg

11) Continue the programme to diversify sources of energy - solar, wind and liquefied natural gas technologies.

12) Create and Facilitate housing solutions to increase substantially the number of Jamaican families who own and live in their own homes. Special priority will be given to satisfying the demand in the lowest income bracket.

13) Improve the quality of health care in our major hospitals, while upgrading community health care facilities across the country. Emphasis will be placed on access and accountability of health care for all with special attention to children to children and senior citizens, improving the benefits available through NHF, JADEP and NI Gold. We will also establish a full integrated medical cannabis and nutraceutical.

14) Develop a national shelter strategy for victims of gender-based violence. This will include the construction of four shelters for the protection of women who experience sexual or physical abuse.

15) Establish a cultural and creative industries enhancement fund, develop a creative economy policy and an overarching master plan to support the creation of an enabling environment for the growth and development of the cultural and creative industries.

16) Create a modern Jamaica Council for Person with Disabilities to direct and guide the programmes of policies impacting peoples with disabilities and establish a Disabilities Rights Tribunal to adjudicate complaints of discrimination.

17) Establish a National Agency for Meteorology and Climate Change Reliance, while implementing an integrate approach to restoring and managing our watershed management units.

18) Continue as a matter of priority the implementation of tax reform to further lower the rates of taxes including income tax, both personal and corporate as well GCT, transfer tax and asset tax as the fiscal situation improves. Expand the range of tax relief measures available under the Urban Renewal Act for the Kingston Metropolitan Area and extend relief to significant urban centres in rural Jamaica.

19) Expand new and existing sewerage systems in the Kingston Metropolitan region.

20) Continue the transformation of the public sector to make it a more efficient customer service oriented sector, an enabling environment which supports the further growth and development of entities as a vehicle for stimulating investment and broadening the base of ownership, including through listings on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Junior Market.

21) Continue our work in foreign affairs and foreign trade while strengthening our relationship with Jamaicans in the Diaspora.





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