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Voter re-verification must be transparent, says Shaw

Published:Thursday | February 5, 2015 | 9:40 AM
Audley Shaw - File

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw says there must be transparency in the re-verification exercise which will be undertaken by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to generate the new voter's list.

In reacting to news that the ECJ will spend $2 billion to clean up the voter’s list, Shaw said the Commission must publish the regulations that will guide the exercise.

The opposition spokesman says issues such as Jamaicans who have migrated but still remain on the voter’s list must be addressed.

The ECJ says a new voter's list will be generated at the end of the re-verification process.

However, the Commission notes that the existing database will not be discarded.

It says the current list will be used to verify the persons already on the list and to update their information.

However, Shaw says this is a flawed approach.

He insists that the old list must be scrapped and a new re-verification process undertaken in keeping with the law.


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