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01 sept. 2020 | 14h24 UTC

Jamaica: Political rallies and disruptions likely during general elections on September 3 /update 1

Jamaica Alerte de sécurité

Political gatherings and localized disruptions likely during general elections on September 3; exercise increased vigilance

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/9/2020, 12h00 until 4/9/2020, 11h59 (America/Jamaica). COUNTRY/REGION Jamaica

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Event

Political gatherings and heightened security presence are likely across Jamaica during the country's general elections on Thursday, September 3, and the build-up to the polls. Around 2200 polling stations will be open between 07:00 and 17:00 (local time) across Jamaica, with almost two million people eligible to vote on Thursday. Around 7400 sanitation officers will conduct temperature testing and implement measures such as social distancing and sanitization at polling stations due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Despite a ban on physical campaigning and political motorcades, around 11,500 police officers and 4100 soldiers are set to deploy to key locations on Thursday as political rallies gatherings could lead to significant traffic disruption and present an increased threat of criminal activity. The colors orange, green, and yellow are politically significant in Jamaica and may incite a reaction if worn in public.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated in the vicinity of any political gatherings or rallies.

Advice

Those in Jamaica are advised to monitor developments and remain apprised of the political situation, avoid all public demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, avoid discussing politically sensitive topics in public, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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