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Vacation leave cancelled, overtime hours begin as EOJ workers rush to prepare for November 28 polls

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 9:10 AM
Fisher ... The EOJ’s resources will be stretched but the organisation remains committed to ensuring that a credible election is delivered.

It is now "all hands on deck" at the Electoral Office of Jamaica as electoral officials race against time to prepare for the November 28 polls.

Vacation leave has been cancelled and staff are now working overtime including Saturdays and Sundays as preparations intensify.

The chairperson for the Electoral Commission of Jamaica Dorothy Pine McLarty says with only 24 days left before the polls, the EOJ now has about 80 per cent of the required number of Election Day Workers.


ECJ chairperson Dorothy Pine-McLarty

In a statement last night, the EOJ said it has fast-tracked its operations to ensure that its machinery is ready for the November 28 elections.

However, the Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher says the organisation is hard-pressed to complete a number of immediate deliverables that would ideally require a lot more time.

These include:

*The printing of Nomination Day lists for distribution to candidates on Election Day.
*The completion of the recruitment and training of more than 30,000 Election Day Workers to facilitate the printing of the Voters' List.
*The printing of the disaggregated Voters’ Lists for police soldiers and election day workers to be given to candidates eight days after Nomination Day
*The training of Election Day Workers to operate the Electronic Voter Identification System, and;
*The printing of ballots after Nomination Day for the 228 Electoral Divisions.

Fisher has sought to emphasise that although the EOJ’s resources will be stretched, the organisation remains committed to ensuring that a credible election is delivered.

The EOJ also says the Electronic Voter Identification System will be used in seven constituencies:

1. St. Catherine Eastern
2. St. Andrew West Central
3. St. Andrew South Eastern
4. St. Andrew Eastern
5. Kingston Central
6. Kingston East & Port Royal; and 
7. St. Andrew Western