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ECJ extends life of voter IDs by 2 years

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMJerome Reynolds
Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has extended the life of voter identification cards by two years.

All current voter IDs expire at the end of 2017.

In a notice, the ECJ says the cards will continue to be valid until December 31, 2019.

The Commission says it will be asking businesses and other entities to continue to expect the cards as valid over the period.

The agency says the Commission anticipates that a new enumeration or revalidation of electors will be completed in the interim.

Contacted for an explanation, Director of Elections Orrette Fisher said he would not comment on the matter at this time.

But, an official at the ECJ indicated that the Commission will put out a statement to the public.

Earlier this year, Fisher revealed that more than $2 billion are needed by the electoral body to produce new voter identification cards.

As at May 31, approximately 1.9 million Jamaicans were on the voter’s list.

Fisher had said that the funds would be used to produce new voter registration cards and to verify addresses and eligibility of voters.