Election Day cooperation needed from the General Public.

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In a Parliamentary Election Press briefing held today, January 07th 2020, Chief of Police Carl John, Chief Inspector Gout and Interim Head of the KPSM PR department Inspector Josepha sat alongside of the members of central voting bureau, to reiterate the role of the Sint Maarten Police force within the upcoming elections; to be held on January 09th 2020.
Election Day is expected to be a busy day for the island because not only will our people be out voting, but there will be 5 cruise ships in port on that day as well. “Sint Maarten is expected to have over 23.000 +/- tourists on the island, not including the crew members of the vessels”, Chief of Police John informed, and that we have initiated operation: “all hands on deck”. We have requested the assistance from officers of the neighboring islands, Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba, to assist with maintaining public order on this day.
It is imperative that the general public cooperate in helping the traffic to flow as freely as it possible by making use of the road only when necessary. The main focus of the KPSM will be to establish public order. In an effort to do so, we plan to have a live traffic feed broadcasted three (3) times throughout that day, via our Facebook page (Police Force of Sint Maarten – Korps Politie Sint Maarten) in order to update the public on the traffic situation as it is taking place. Officers will also be placed at each polling station. We are asking the general public to cooperate with the taxi and tour bus drivers, as they may need to get through the traffic with police assistance to get back to the ships on time.
The Sint Maarten Police Force would like to thank the general public in advance for their cooperation and wish everyone a safe upcoming election day.

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