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The first day of advance polling in the General Election went ahead yesterday at four locations around the island.

Tenia Woolridge, the Parliamentary Registrar, said that 1,538 votes were cast.

She thanked voters who followed social-media posts or visited the office's website to catch a last-minute polling station change, switching Horticultural Hall in the Botanical Gardens for St Paul AME Church Hall in Hamilton.

Ms Woolridge said she was “extremely pleased” after two votes were cast with the new Tactile Audio Device voting system for the visually impaired.

She added: “We are the first in the world to use this system during a major General Election.”

Ms Woolridge said staff reported an increase in seniors opting for advanced polling, with “numerous” applications to visit residences of voters unable to leave home.

Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, said last night that ballots would be secured by the Parliamentary Registrar's office until after the October 1 vote.

Democracy in action: seniors make their way to vote yesterday at the advance polling station for constituencies 28 to 36 at St Mary's Church Hall on Middle Road in Warwick (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Advanced Poll Constituencies 10 to 18, National Sports Centre (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Advanced Poll Constituencies 10 to 18, National Sports Centre (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Advanced Poll Constituencies 10 to 18, National Sports Centre (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Advanced Poll Constituencies 10 to 18, National Sports Centre (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Retired PLP MP Michael Scott greets senior voters at the advance polling station at St Mary's Church (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Retired PLP MP Michael Scott greets senior voters at the advance polling station at St Mary's Church (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General, greets senior voters at the advance polling station at St Mary's Church (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dennis Lister greets senior voters at the advance polling station at St Mary's Church (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Retired PLP MP Michael Scott greets senior voters at the advance polling station at St Mary's Church (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Retired PLP MP Michael Scott greets senior voters at the advance polling station at St Mary's Church (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published September 17, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated September 17, 2020 at 2:20 pm)

Seniors lead way in voting

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