Elderly voters have been urged to avoid the traditional morning crush of bodies at polling stations because they may be at increased risk for coronavirus infection as COVID-19 cases mount in Jamaica.
Director of Elections Glasspole Brown sounded the note of caution hours after it was announced that COVID-19-positive persons would be allowed to vote in the general election from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 3.
It is feared that long lines and big crowds could delay the voting process for the 403,429 electors aged 60 and older on the current list.
Brown encouraged senior citizens to visit polling stations after 11 a.m. when the morning rush would have subsided. The People’s National Party (PNP) said that that position was in line with its advocacy.