At 5 o’clock this afternoon, polls closed, sealing the fate of the 139 candidates contesting Jamaica’s 18th general elections since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.
The Electoral Office of Jamaica now switches its focus to the counting of ballots.
There are 63 constituencies, the political regions into which voters are divided.
More than 500 polling stations are established in polling divisions, the further subdivisions of constituencies.
So what exactly happens when the polls close?
Glasspole Brown, the director of elections, said it is a crucial aspect of the elections process where valid votes are determined, leading to the preliminary declaration of winners and, ultimately, the next party that will form the government.