#ElectionJa – How To Become An Election Day Worker

We still don’t know when the next general election will take place, but we hope you have already registered to vote, and we’ve shared important facts about the timing between the announcement, nomination day and election day.

Today, we look at one of the important components of the big day – the election day workers.

According to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), the basic qualifications for being an election day worker are that you must be at least 17 years old, have a tax registration number (TRN), literate, honest, willing to attend training and willing to work.

Training is very important, as you will be discharging an important national duty. Each election day worker must attend a minimum of four three-hour sessions, over a two- or three-week period. Each person who works on election day will receive a stipend for working on the day, plus an additional allowance for attending the training sessions.

Election day workers can indicate the constituency and general area in which they would prefer to work, and the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) tried to honour these requests as far as possible, but the final placement in that constituency and area will be done by the returning officer. If you want to be a specialist election day worker, you must indicate a willingness to be placed at the discretion of the EOJ. Specialist workers are assigned to those constituencies and polling stations where it is desired to have persons from outside the area undertake the conduct of the election day process.

So, are you interested in working on election day? Application is simple: go to the nearest EOJ constituency office, where the returning officer will help you fill out the application form. You will be contacted shortly thereafter regarding training.

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