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Voting date for security forces, election day workers changed to Oct 11
Observer Reporter
Thursday, September 26, 2002



MEMBERS of the country's security forces and election day workers will now vote on October 11, one day earlier than originally planned for the October 16 general elections.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica yesterday announced the change after hearing concerns from Seventh-day Adventists that voting on Saturday would likely disrupt their day of worship.

On Tuesday, Director of Elections Danville Walker told the Observer that 19,000 names were on the security forces/election day workers voters' list. Of that number, he said, 11,000 were election day workers who are, for the first time, being allowed to vote ahead of the election, following an amendment to the Representation of the People's Act.

Walker had also made it clear that members of the security forces, as well as election day workers who don't vote on October 11 will not be able to do so on election day, because the system of elimination will remove their names from the list.