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Electoral office to begin using GPS technology

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will be positioned this year to better redefine constituency boundaries, Minister of National Security Dr Peter Phillips told the House of Representatives recently.

Phillips, who also has responsibility for electoral matters, told the House that the EOJ will be establishing a department and acquire the necessary computer hardware and software, in the first half of this calendar year, that will enable it to use the latest GPS technology.

The GPS system, which is linked to 24 satellites orbiting at about 11,000 nautical miles above the earth, will assist the EOJ in easily and accurately identifying constituencies and polling division boundaries.

The minister said that at the end of the programme “the EOJ will have the empirical data necessary to enable a more accurate and equitable distribution of electors, when the time comes for re-definition of constituency boundaries”.