General elections are set for November 11, and police will be out in full force to ensure the safety of voters. Today we asked the Commissioner of Police what the police department’s plan is to control the crowds, especially since many officers are currently in quarantine.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yes we are making our preparations for the upcoming nomination day and the impending elections in November. It cannot be business as usual. We know that when nomination we always have this large groups each political party showing their political might going to the nomination center well this year they will not be able to do that. The police and the Elections and Boundaries Commission would be will be working together to see how we can put in place the protocol that we would like to see the political parties follow on nomination day as well as on election day. I know for a fact there are several things that used to occur that will not be allowed to take place this year. Like for example you have those persons who would normally gather outside the hundred yards line under the tents and guiding voters while they will be able to have the tent they will not be able to have that large crowd there gathering, guiding people, the campaigning in the lines will not be allowed. There are several things that we will ensure do not occur because at the end of the day we do not want the elections to be a super spreader and importantly everyone who comes to the polling stations to vote must wear a mask and we’ll put things in place to ensure that social distance is maintained. I have discussed with my good friend Mr.Vasquez to see how we can work on an informercial that we want to put out from early so that people can understand basically what is expected of them on nomination day and on election day so we will see how we can put together the script for the informercials and then have it developed and hopefully we can have it aired through the different media houses so that people can really get an appreciation as to what they can and cannot do on election day.”
There will also be more polling stations to accommodate the over 180,000 voters that police officers are expected to manage.