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Jamaica's director of elections off to Nigeria

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 1:05 PM
Orrette Fisher - File

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher will today join a Commonwealth Observer Group for presidential and National Assembly elections in the West African state of Nigeria.

The Commonwealth invited the Electoral Commission of Jamaica to join the 11-member team observing the February 14 polls, and Fisher was selected to represent the Commission.

Guyanese Member of Parliament Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is the other CARICOM representative in the Group.

The Commonwealth says the Group’s mandate is to observe and consider the various factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole.

It is also expected to determine whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which Nigeria has committed itself.

Fisher says he is looking forward to any lessons that can be garnered from a considerably larger democracy than Jamaica.

Nigeria has a population of more than 173 million, with more than 70 million registered electors.

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