Holness Targeting Youth Vote


Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is calling on those young people who’ve been registered to vote, not to boycott the next general elections.

Mr. Holness made the appeal last evening at a Constituency Conference at the Stony Hill Primary School in West Rural St. Andrew.

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The Electoral Commission of Jamaica, ECJ, says young people, between 18 and 24, account for 25-thousand or approximately 72-percent of the new electors added to the voters list published at the end of November.

The youth demographic represents a crucial block of voters that the political parties will be battling to attract at the next election.

A recent Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll shows that more than half of all young voters say they will not be casting a ballot come election day.

Mr. Holness says the youth must recognize that abstention from the voting process will not bring about the change they desire.

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