Winning party could have challenges with crowd control tonight

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THE country’s two main political parties are struggling to come up with a plan to contain supporters later this evening should either emerge the victor of what is expected to be a fiercely contested general election.

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All set, says EOJ

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JUST under 7,000 polling stations across the island are expected to be open today as Jamaicans go to the polls in the country’s 18th general election.The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), in a statement yesterday, said it is ready to conduct the general election, with voting scheduled to begin 7:00 am and end at 5:00 pm at the 6,984 polling stations.Electors who are in line at 5:00 pm will be allowed to vote.

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Peter confident of victory

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THE major public opinion polls show his People’s National Party (PNP) trailing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) by double digits going into today’s general election, but that is not a worry for Dr Peter Phillips who expects his party to prove the pollsters wrong.“The People’s National Party is very confident of victory,” Phillips told the Jamaica Observer as he prepared to lead his party into the general election.

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Andrew predicts big win

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JUST about three months after being appointed Jamaica’s ninth prime minister in October 2011, Andrew Holness led his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) into the December 29 General Election and suffered a crushing 42-21 seats defeat to the Portia Simpson Miller-led People’s National Party (PNP).

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Junction robbers escape, say police

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Police late yesterday said that armed robbers escaped with an “undetermined sum of money” after a hold-up at a loans agency in the heart of Junction, south St Elizabeth, Wednesday afternoon.Earlier reports had suggested that the robbery may have been thwarted by the swift arrival of the police, who surrounded the building for about two hours.

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No known COVID transmission in tourism industry — JHTA president

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PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson says there is no known case of transmission of the novel coronavirus within the tourism industry, despite an uptick in cases across the island.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) think tank at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St James, on Monday, Robinson argued that the spike is as a result of Jamaicans not taking responsibility for their actions.

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Thousands of cops deployed for election duties

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THOUSANDS of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members, including administrative staff, were yesterday assigned to general election duties across the island, head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay disclosed.While not stating the number of officers who will be in action when Jamaicans cast their ballots, Lindsay said members will saturate the streets over three days to maintain order.

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‘Do not allow the euphoria of the political day to get the better of you’

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HEAD of the National Road Safety Unit (NRSU) Kenute Hare is cautioning road users against recklessness on the island’s roads today as Jamaicans go to the polls in the country’s 18th general election.The warning comes against the background of Nomination Day crashes, and the death of 283 people in 252 accidents on the nation’s roads since January.

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Kamina urges Jamaicans to ‘ignore the drama’

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CHAIRMAN of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Manifesto Committee Kamina Johnson Smith has warned supporters against being misled by fake news.Her caution was primarily in response to a WhatsApp message circulated yesterday, warning Jamaicans of a total lockdown of the country by the Government beginning on Sunday.

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Coffee in tea bags

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MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has lauded local producer of coffee tea bags Mountain Bliss Farm and Tours, describing the company’s product as the type of innovation that can further diversify the tourism and export markets.Bartlett, who was in the Content Gap area of rural St Andrew, recently, where the company operates, says the product is “quality made”.

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