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Voters’ list purged of 31,000 dead

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:50 AM
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The names of more than 31,000 electors reported as dead have been removed from the voters’ list.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is crediting the progress to the cooperation of the public and stakeholders as well as the team of temporary verifiers.

Under the project, Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) verifiers have been deployed into constituencies to visit the homes of 1.1 million electors islandwide in an effort to identify voters who have died in the 40-and-over age range.

Up to December 31, 2018, more than 358,000 electors’ homes had been visited since the project began. This figure represents 32 per cent of the total number of electors to be visited.

The exercise to visit the homes of electors is expected to continue until March 2019, after which the EOJ will continue receiving information from the public and from stakeholders.

Going smoothly

According to Director of Elections Glasspole Brown, the exercise has been advancing smoothly across the island.

“The exercise has been productive and continues to progress quite efficiently since we began in November 2018. Our verifiers have been performing creditably, and constituents, for the most part, have been very cooperative. The inclement weather conditions in some sections of the island were a minor challenge. However, that has not deterred the project,” he said.

Once electors have been identified as dead, the EOJ will conduct investigations into the reports to confirm the deaths. Electors confirmed as deceased will be gradually removed from the voters’ list.

Members of the public may submit information on dead electors by visiting any EOJ constituency office or sending an email to eojinfo@eoj.com.jm or calling the EOJ toll-free at 888-991-VOTE (8683).