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Director of Elections defends report on constituency boundary changes

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 7:29 PM
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher.

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher says Electoral Commission of Jamaica (EOJ) staff are demoralised by reports that the Boundaries Committee of Parliament has rejected its recommendation on changes to certain constituency boundaries on the basis that they are erroneous.

The recommendations were made following a review of constituency boundaries that were found to be in breach of the Constitution by the EOJ.

Members of the Human Resource and Social Committee of Parliament on September 12 unanimously rejected the Realignment of Boundaries report from the EOJ on the grounds of inaccurate, contradictory and confusing information.

They directed that the EOJ returned to Gordon House on September 26 to provide the necessary clarification.

But in an open letter to the Committee today, Fisher defended the integrity and capacity of the EOJ staff and said he stands by the recommendations made in the report.

The Director of Elections says while it is the sovereign right of the Committee to reject its recommendations, he's uncomfortable with electoral boundaries being in breach of the Constitution and knowingly being allowed to carry forward into future elections.

Fisher recommended that the Committee request the Auditor General to verify the report.