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ECJ recruiting new director of elections

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it has started the process to recruit a new Director of Elections. 

In March, Orrette Fisher resigned amid controversy over his tenure.

Fisher, who worked at the electoral body for 23 years, filed an application in the Supreme Court challenging his one-year contract as director.

He was first appointed Director of Elections in 2008 and at the end of his seven-year tenure, he was appointed to act in the post for one year in 2015 and again in 2016.

In October 2017, he was informed by the ECJ Chairman Dorothy Pine McLarty that his services would be terminated.

However, his attorney Hugh Wildman, in his legal submission on February 26, argued that the decision was made outside the ambit of the Electoral Commission Interim Act and interferes with Fisher's tenure.

The court reserved its ruling on the application but Fisher has since discontinued the court action.

In the meantime, Glasspole Brown has been as appointed acting director of election.

The ECJ says Brown has extensive experience in public administration.

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