Jamica: Carter calls for peace and toleration on election day

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The Independent Online
Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday to head a 60-member mission to monitor today's general elections.

Mr Carter said he hopes to get the Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, the opposition leader, Edward Seaga, and the National Democratic Movement president, Bruce Golding, to sign an accord affirming non-violence and political tolerance.

The elections have been plagued by problems with the list of voters. Jamaica is using untried technology to computer-match fingerprints to prepare a clean list. Some 4,000 people have claimed they are not among the 1.2 million registered voters.

The People's National Party and the Jamaica Labor Party both put up a full slate of 60 candidates for parliament.