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#LocalGovtElection: Elderly Central Manchester voters assess youth apathy

Jamaica Gleaner / Some elderly residents in Manchester say they are extremely concerned about the lack of interest of young people in voting.

Across Central Manchester today senior citizens showed up to cast their ballots but the faces of the youth were sparse.

“I would love if the young people would come out and vote…when you vote you have a say in your country” said 86-year-old James Powell from George?s Valley.

Pauline Wilson, a returned resident now living in the Bellefield Division says she understands why young people seemed turned off the voting process.

“Even the local government election debate that has passed, you were hearing so many different things, sometimes you don’t know what to believe, the old style of politics is prevalent and these young people are not stupid, they are intelligent and most are educated , they can see when things don’t add up,” she said.

Voting has been sluggish in Manchester since morning but supervisors of the Electoral Office of Jamaica are expecting that the pace will increase before the close of polls at 5 o?clock.

– Tamara Bailey

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