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The prime minister has heralded authorities’ success in reducing poverty [GETTY IMAGES]

Jamaicans go to the polls on Thursday 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.

Source: BBC

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