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Electoral Office in watch-and-see mode for elections

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 1:48 PM

Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, says the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is in a watch-and-see mode as the nation has once again been put on alert by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that a general elections may be on the horizon.

There has been renewed speculations that Jamaicans could be heading to the polls – this after Simpson Miller said in Parliament on Tuesday that she has now been touched by her Master.

She made the off-mic comment after Opposition Member of Parliament Audley Shaw begged her to delay polls until the voters' list has been cleaned up.

Late last year on the campaign trail, Simpson Miller said that she would announce the date for the general election whenever her master touched her.

Speculations heightened today when The Gleaner reported Simpson Miller, who is also President of the People’s National Party (PNP), as saying that February will come with lots of gifts for Jamaicans adding that the holiday will be one of the happiest ever.

Her comments came ahead of a PNP mass rally scheduled for this Sunday, where it is being rumoured that the Prime Minister will announce the general election.

Fisher says the EOJ was far advanced in its preparation activities up to November last year when it was believed that an election could be held before the end of 2015.

He says if an election is called shortly the Office will pick up where it left off.

 

Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher

He says at this time funding is not an issue as the ECJ received sufficient allocations from the Ministry of Finance for preparation activities.

Fisher says the ECJ has received $394 million.

The director of elections says once an election is announced the office expects that it will be provided with additional sums to finalise its preparations.