Despite a member of the media community being detained briefly, police are reporting that nomination day was largely incident-free.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Clifford Blake said police personnel were deployed as early as 8:00 a.m. to secure Nomination Centres and ensure this stage of the electoral process is conducted in a peaceful manner.
“The day’s activities have largely gone according to the plans of the security forces. We held a strong presence in all divisions, but we also commend the candidates and their supporters for maintaining discipline and complying with our orders,”said Blake
DCP Blake also noted that the post-nomination day activities would include a review of the media protocols surrounding the upcoming polls, citing an incident in which a member of the electronic media community was briefly detained after he entered a nomination centre—a violation of the agreed rules.
He also reiterated the need for persons to use the roadways safely, following at least one incident in which persons travelling in a motorcade were involved in a vehicular crash.
He further added that the Jamaica Constabulary Force is committed to facilitating an election that is free, fair and free from fear, and urged all citizens to express their political views with respect and to report all incidents of electoral wrong-doing.