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UPDATED: Fisher to act as elections boss for a month, court to hear application November 9

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:58 PM

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher is to act in the post for another month.

Fisher, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman, has filed an application seeking to challenge his removal.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica are the respondents in the case.

In court today, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, appeared on behalf of the respondents.

She reportedly gave an undertaking to Justice David Batts, that Fisher would remain as acting director of elections until November 30.

Also today, November 9 was set as the date for the hearing of an application for leave for Fisher to go to the Judicial Review Court to challenge the decision of remove him.

The elections boss is contending that his one-year appointment which expires today is illegal because the law clearly states that the appointment must be for seven years.

NOTE: Earlier this story had said an injuction was granted barring the Electoral Commission from removing Fisher. That was incorrect. In fact, it was an undertaking that was given by the Attorney General for Fisher to act in the post until November 30.