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Jamaica election: Voters go to polls amid surge in Covid-19 cases

Jamaicans are voting to elect a new parliament as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus infections.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness called for the early vote last month in what analysts saw as a bid to capitalise on people’s satisfaction with his economic agenda and early response to the virus.
But he has faced criticism amid a rise in cases as restrictions are lifted.
Face masks and temperature checks will be mandatory in polling stations.
Jamaica’s parliament has 63 seats, and members are elected in a first-past-the-post system. The campaign was dominated by discussions over the economy, how to fight crime and the coronavirus pandemic.

Who are the main players?

Mr Holness, a former education minister and leader of the conservative Jamaican Labour Party, has been prime minister since March 2016. The 48-year-old is hoping to gain seats from the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), led by Peter Phillips.

Copied from:BBC news 

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