Two constituencies in breach of Constitution
Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter
THE CONSTITUENCIES of St Andrew North Eastern and Trelawny Southern are in breach of the lower limit set by the Constitution.
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) reported that St Andrew North Eastern had 18,299 registered voters whereas Trelawny Southern had 18,370. The lower limit as stipulated by the Constitution for constituencies is 18,398.
According to EOJ, the upper and lower limits are arrived at by first establishing the national average. It says no constituency should be more than 50 per cent over the average and not less than two-thirds that average.
Director of Elections Orette Fisher said the breach can only be corrected in a period of general boundaries review, which takes place every four to six years.
"The last review (when the number of constituencies was increased to 63), took place between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2010. This means the country is currently in a period of review, which was scheduled to run from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2016," Fisher explained.
There are no constituencies in breach of the upper limit of 41,396 electors. Westmoreland Central, with 39,367, is the constituency with the largest number of electors.
Meanwhile, the EOJ has published the first of two annual voters' lists, with 31,603 additions and 4,771 removals, bringing the total number to 1,738,643 registered electors.