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Jamaicans Vote Today September 3, 2020 | Who Will Win?


Today, September 3, 2020, Jamaicans go to the polls to elect the party that will manage the country's affairs for the next 5 years, maximum.

From all indication by the pollsters, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, is expected to retain power.

But not so fast, the opposition, The Peoples National Party has not only narrowed the gap in the updated poll, according to pollster Don Anderson, they believe that they will win as it comes down to getting the votes out on this election day.

And there are at least two other major factors on play...

  1. Rains are forecasted for the entire day and
  2. Perhaps even bigger, the fact that the elections are happening in the Covid19 global pandemic.

Both could severely impact the rate of turnout, and so, truly, anything is possible.

139 candidates were nominated in this election across the 63 constituencies in the island.

Each of the two major parties have fielded candidates with 13 independent candidates among this pool.

Both major political parties are VERY confident of a win, both targeting the 14 marginal seats that were won by fewer than 1000 votes in the last (2016) election. 9 of them are are currently held by JLP. Just over 1,914,000 persons are eligible to vote in today's election.

Persons who were tested positive for Covid19 will be allowed to exercise their franchise during the last hour (between 4 and 5 pm).

The elections will be observed by Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFF)and a small delegation by the European Union.

The JLP currently hold 34 of the 63 seats, with the PNP 29.

Local television station, TVJ will have live coverage of the results as they arrive via YouTube starting at 6:30pm. You can watch it here.

As usual, I welcome your thoughts, comments and predictions, via the comments below.

P.S. For those not quite sure if they are eligible or where to vote, you can get find out by checking the online voters list at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica's website at this link

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Sep 09, 2020
Civil and well-planned
by: Jack Smith

Whether or not it works, Jamaica at least has a coherent plan to allow its citizens to vote safely. Here in the US, we are in complete denial that the deep divisions and utter lack of respect for one another might result in even more pandemic deaths. Also, there is a very real possibility of widespread violence and civil disorder at the polls and all the way through next year for the first time I can remember.

Sep 03, 2020
ThanksYou covered the important points
by: Cheri Avery Black

At least it's not raining in Mobay so far (2:40). I hope for a great turnout in spite of the obstacles. Jamaican people deserve the best.

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