Electoral Office still waiting on re-verification money
Acting Director of Elections, Earl Simpson, says the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is still awaiting funding to carry out a new enumeration exercise or resident re-verification exercise ahead of the next election.
The exercise is primarily aimed at cleaning up the voter’s list.
The EOJ had indicated that it needs $2 billion to conduct the house-to-house re-verification.
Simpson says since making the request some months ago, no funding has been allocated to the EOJ from the Ministry of Finance.
He explains that the office was promised that the money would be paid in two tranches over two financial years.
The acting EOJ head says the office is hopeful that an allocation will be made soon.
Meanwhile, he says enumeration for the current period is slow.
The next voter’s list will be published on November 30.
Persons who want to get on the list have until September 30 to register.
The voter’s list is published twice a year, in May and November.
At the end of May, there were 1,793,039 registered voters.
National and local government elections are due by 2016.