Jamaica’s Election Office (EOJ) said constituency offices will open on Saturdays, starting November 6, to facilitate the distribution of new voter ID cards.
According to the EOJ, there has been strong voter support since it started handing out the new cards on October 11.
The agency says more than 107,000 new cards have been distributed so far.
The EOJ says it has noted the high turnout in constituency offices over the past two weeks and continues to explore new approaches to improve the distribution process.
“We understand the urgency to get it back [ new cards] before the current one expires on December 31 of this year, so we thank the public for their patience so far. We have tried to make the process as convenient as possible by erecting tents and placing chairs where possible and setting up priority lines for the elderly. After careful evaluation over the past few days, we are exploring other interventions to better assist our constituents, ”Chief Electoral Officer Glasspole Brown said in a statement today.
According to the arrangement on Saturday, the constituency offices will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The EOJ will also facilitate the collection of new voter ID cards at satellite locations in communities, starting the week of November 22.
The list of satellite sites and the broadcast schedule will be published.
The elderly and disabled are encouraged to take advantage of the home delivery service.
A parent, caregiver or friend can contact the JEM constituency office on behalf of the elderly or incapacitated voter to request that the new voter identification card be returned to the voter. voter at his domicile or accommodation.
The JEM also reminds voters that the renewal process is free and that there is no charge to collect the new voter ID card.
Voters who have not yet renewed their card are urged to visit any JEM constituency office as soon as possible to complete the renewal.
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