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ECJ reserves comment on Fisher's resignation, cites pending court ruling

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 3:55 PM
Former Director of Elections (left) and chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, Dorothy Pine McLarty - file

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has reiterated that it cannot comment on the resignation of former Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, because a court decision is still pending involving him.

Fisher resigned last week Wednesday citing external pressures and political interference.

"The EOJ as it exists today is a far cry from the organisation which existed 23 years ago when I joined," Fisher said in a letter to staff.

READ: Why Orrette Fisher has resigned as director of elections

In a statement today, ECJ chairperson Dorothy Pine McLarty said, at the appropriate time, a statement to the public "may be" issued.

The Supreme Court has reserved its ruling on the tenure of the former elections boss.

READ: Court reserves ruling in Fisher's termination case

There have been questions about the silence of the ECJ since Fisher resigned amid a court battle over his job.

Fisher was first appointed Director of Elections in November 2008 for a seven-year term.

When his tenure ended in 2015, he was appointed to act as director of elections for one year.

In 2016, he was given another one-year contract.

Last October, Fisher was informed by the ECJ that his services would be terminated.

He disagreed with the move and filed an application in court challenging the termination.

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