Uncomfortable position for Electoral Office
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher says his office would be placed in an uncomfortable position if a general election is called and funding is not provided to buy capital goods.
Fisher’s statement comes against the background of political analysts predicting a general election by December.
Last month, Fisher wrote to Financial Secretary Dr Wesley Hughes requesting $350 million dollars to ensure a basic state of readiness for general elections.
Those elections are due by September, 2012 and could be extended to December.
Fisher said it is customary for the prime minister to enquire of the electoral office about its readiness whenever an early election is in the offing.
He says no such consultation has taken place.
The EOJ boss says at least three months were needed to procure equipment and train persons to use them for an election.