Jamaica imports ballots worth $87.4 Million for elections in last four years: Reports

The importing of special templates to print ballots for the elections has cost around $87.4 in Jamaica for the last four years.

Jamaica imports $78.4 worth ballots for last four year elections: Reports
Jamaica imports $78.4 worth ballots for last four year elections: Reports

Jamaica: The importing of special templates to print ballots for the elections has costed around $87.4 million in Jamaica for the last four years. However, out of this, $53.7 million worth of templates have been wasted due to a decline in the number of voters.

As per the reports of the Electoral Office of Jamaica, the government has imported a total of 8.3 million blank templates for four elections, out of which around 2.3 million were used. This has led to the wastage of a total of 5.1 million ballots.

The blank ballots that are used for the elections have been made with unique “security paper” which is only made available with the importing. With specific colour schemes, the paper consisted of the name of the candidate and constituency details, which were printed after nomination.

However, the usage of the ballot could not be determined effectively before elections due to which the unused one with the printed names of the candidates had to be destroyed due to security reasons.

As per the reports, an estimated 61.4% of the total import cost of the blank ballots has been wasted due to the lack of the number of voters. From 2016 to 2020, Jamaica imported a huge amount of ballot paper which caused a massive burden on the economy.

The data also revealed that the cost of imported ballots has surged significantly from 2016. As per the reports, $15.9 million was imported in 2016 for the 1.9 million ballots, while the government of Jamaica spent $26.7 million for the importation of 2.2 million ballots in 2020.

For the elections of 2024, the government is expected to import 2.2 million ballots which is much more than 2016 and worth of $28.1 million.

The election experts have been suggesting significant reform in the election procedure of Jamaica which could cost less to the country. As per the experts, the modernization of the election system could be an effective procedure to make it easier and less costly for the economy.