Jamaica: la Comisión Electoral afirma que está lista “en un 98 por ciento” para los comicios

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ECJ declares readiness for general elections

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it is 98 per cent ready to facilitate the special service General Election on Monday, August 31, 2020 and the civilian General Election on September 3, 2020.

The declaration follows a commission meeting today.

The ECJ says it is confident in managing the upcoming elections even in the face of COVID-19, as it has established protocols to be observed on both days in line with standards set by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

The ECJ added that it has established a COVID-19 Protocol for Conducting National Election.

Yesterday, the commission said 7,400 sanitation officers would be deployed to keep the voting process sanitised across the 2,200 polling station locations.

The commission added that the established protocols will see the use of mandatory thermometer checks, wearing of masks, continuous sanitisation procedures, social distancing and the single use of voting pencils by electors.

Jamaica Observer


US Gov’t gives additional US$1 million to Jamaica for COVID-19 fight

The United States Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), says it is providing an additional US$1 million (J$150 million) to assist Jamaica’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement was made by the US Embassy in Kingston on Wednesday.

According to a news release by the Embassy, the USAID will use the resources to deliver social welfare support to vulnerable youth, families, and communities, as well as assistance to address issues such as child abuse and domestic violence.

“We realise that the COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the health of this country but by extension the social and economic welfare. Recognising these challenges, the US Government is responding to the call to help the people of Jamaica,” said US Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia.

“This additional $1 million will add to the more than US$2 million the United States has already provided to support Jamaica’s COVID-19 response,” he said.

With these emergency response resources, the release stated that USAID will seek opportunities to:

– Build local partner capacity to deliver social welfare support to include food and sanitisation packages to the most affected, with a focus on female-headed households, victims of domestic violence, unattached youth and youth in juvenile correctional facilities.

– Build the economic resilience of targeted populations by supporting micro-enterprises through business development support, training, upskilling interventions, and facilitating the employability of targeted at-risk populations.

– Facilitate access to psychosocial services, including grief and trauma counseling for families, at-risk youth, children and victims of domestic abuse who are under stress due to concerns about their security, health, and financial well-being; and

– Build resilience by promoting cohesion and solidarity within targeted communities, improving access to education and enabling the response capabilities of key institutions.

“USAID is providing a robust variety of assistance options to support Jamaica’s COVID-19 response. We are working closely with the people and government of Jamaica so that our assistance is tailored to the capacity and needs of the country,” said USAID/Jamaica, Country Representative, Jason Fraser.

This assistance builds upon US investments of nearly US$87 million in health and nearly US$619 million total in foreign assistance over the past 20 years for Jamaica, according to the release.

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