THE ELECTORAL Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) yesterday confirmed that its sole female commissioner, Dorothy Pine-McLarty, has been appointed chairman of the electoral body.
Three selected commissioners, on October 2, recommended that Pine-McLarty succeed Herbert Thompson who stepped down as chairman under controversial circumstances.
Thompson quit as chairman following calls for his resignation after he accepted an award from the People's National Party at its 75th anniversary awards function.
The embattled former chairman has insisted that he collected the award on behalf of the electoral body.
The independent commissioners who selected Pine-McLarty for the top job are Justice Clarence Walker, Earl Jarrett, and Thompson.
The ECJ-selected commissioners met last Friday, October 4, with the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen to formally brief him on the selection of Pine-McLarty as chairman.
The governor general commended the new ECJ chairman on her elevation to the post and extended, "best wishes for a successful term of office".
Pine-McLarty, who is an attorney-at-law, has served on the ECJ as an independent commissioner since its inception in 2006. She has also given exceptional service in other areas of public life, as well as in community and private-sector development. She was appointed a member of the Order of Jamaica in October 2007 for outstanding public service.