The wait for the ballot box from the May 17 special polling held up the start of counting of votes in the St Andrew constituency tonight.
By about 9 p.m., the 19 boxes from today’s voting had arrived at The Alleyne School. But the ballot box containing the votes of police officers and Election Day workers, which had been cast a week earlier, had not yet been delivered.
Those who had gathered for the count stood around eagerly awaiting the arrival of the outstanding box so the final leg of the general elections could begin.
Around 10:35 p.m., as the wait continued, returning officer Nolan Hall emerged and briefly spoke to the media, explaining the normal procedures and clarifying any misconceptions about the reasons for the delays.
Hall also confirmed that police escorting the ballot box had departed from The Deighton Griffith Secondary School and the vehicle would make several stops on its journey to St Andrew.
It was not until 11:10 p.m. that the special poll box arrived at the counting station.