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Fisher pushes for change in law for election notice time frame

Published:Monday | November 14, 2016 | 11:46 PM
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher is pushing for a change to the time frame stipulated by law for notice to be given for a national election.

The law requires that nomination day be at least five clear days after the announcement of an election.

In addition, it stipulates that the date of the election should be no less than 16 days and no more than 23 days after Nomination Day.

However, speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, Fisher said the rules do not match today’s circumstances.

 

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher

Fisher’s concern comes against the background of the government’s calling of local government elections for November 28.

The election date was announced on November 2 and gave the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) the minimum time to prepare.

The EOJ has said the time is less than ideal but has promised to do everything to ensure that Jamaica has a smooth election.