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EOJ confirms election day workers overpaid

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Orrette Fisher

Western Bureau:

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has confirmed that it overpaid a number of election day workers who were employed during the February 25 general election.

However, Director of Elections Orrette Fisher has rubbished suggestions that the amount overpaid was in the region of $5.5 million.

"A few persons were overpaid, but nowhere in that ballpark," Fisher said in response to queries from The Gleaner.

He said, however, that he was not in a position to make any statements on the matter because he was awaiting a report from his accounts department.

"I am awaiting a comprehensive statement. In the meantime, the bank that paid out the monies has been advised," he said.

Occurred in St James

Fisher confirmed that the problem occurred in St James.

The Gleaner was informed that a number of persons were paid in duplicate and triplicate as a result of a glitch in the ECJ's computer system.

Sources close to the organisation said getting back the monies has been extremely challenging.

"Many of the people who collected double and triple the amount they were supposed to be paid are neither answering their phones nor coming forward with the refund," said the source.

Fisher said he wasn't aware of anyone collecting three times the amount they were supposed to have received.

The 2016 general election was financed to the tune of

$1.2 billion.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com