Election day 2016 was off to a slow start at some polling stations visited by The Gleaner in East Portland. At Ken Wright Primary, voting was delayed despite the polling station opening on time. Election day workers along with the police were on location; however, the presiding officer was absent and ballot papers along with other documents had not yet arrived. Among those arriving early to vote was Lurline Dowie, who complained that she was unable to cast her ballot, as they were unable to accommodate her due to the absence of ballot papers, ink and other material. A similar situation also existed at a centre at Breast Works, where the voting process was delayed for more than 30 minutes. It was somewhat different at Boundbrook Primary, Port Antonio High, Hill Preparatory, Port Antonio Primary and Norwich Primary, where polling stations were opened on time and voting was progressing smoothly. Both candidates for the area, Linvale Bloomfield of the Peoples National Party (PNP) and Derron Wood of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) coasted their votes at Drapers All Age. Bloomfield is confident of victory and predicted that his margin of victory will be larger than in 2011 when he defeated Patrick Lee by 1246 votes. Wood on the other hand has indicated that he will create a major upset. EAST PORTLAND CONDADATES JLP: Derron Wood PNP: Linvale Bloomfield
…stresses on importance of educationOpposition Leader and former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday hosted a children’s party in the spirit of Christmas, at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, at Hadfield Street, Georgetown.The former President serves guests at the Party’s children’s Christmas partyChildren of the Sophia, Gransville and Kuru Kururu communities came out in their numbers accompanied by their parents and guardians at the festive event.The Opposition Leader in a brief address to the gathering expressed his pleasure at being a part of such an initiative, which sought to bring joy and happiness to the children of Guyana, despite the political and economic hurdles facing the country.The children were selected from low-income areas around the region and the former President indicated that it is the least he could do during the Christmas season.“We thought we’d bring the kids to the office because we have had lots of parties around the country but I want them to be familiar with the office and be comfortable here with their parents and lot of these kids come from areas that are low-income areas wo we just wanted to make sure that we do something small for them and it’s no big deal.”The former President distributed presents to his guests and served them refreshments while reminding them of the importance of attaining an education, as he urged them to put their best foot forward in the pursuit of a successful future.He was accompanied by Members of Parliament, Juan Edghill and Nigel Dharamlall among other executives of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic.WalkaboutFollowing the children’s Christmas party, the former President in the company of fellow members of Parliament, took a walk in the midst of the hustle and bustle along Robb and Regent Streets, Georgetown where they met with and greeted business owners and late Christmas shoppers along the tour.The walk commenced at Freedom House in Robb Street and was definitely a mixed atmosphere, as the party members strolled along the busy streets of Georgetown. Some persons expressed delight while others were not too enthusiastic; taking the opportunity to highlight pressing issues and serve critical remarks.