Di­rec­tor of elec­tions pleased with con­duct of lo­cal gov’t polls

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ro­mario.scott@glean­erjm.com

DI­REC­TOR OF Elec­tions Or­rette Fisher has heaped praise on the more than 30,000 elec­tion day work­ers who he said en­sured the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of an­other vote.

Fisher yes­ter­day told The Gleaner that the staff at the Elec­toral Of­fice of Ja­maica (EOJ) worked tire­lessly, and in try­ing cir­cum­stances, with some even hav­ing med­i­cal episodes be­cause of the in­tense work to main­tain the in­tegrity of the elec­tions.

“I am amazed at what we were able to achieve, given the short time we had to pre­pare. We did ex­tremely well and I am proud of my team, be­cause they have re­ally worked,” the di­rec­tor said.

He said though the EOJ had some chal­lenges lead­ing up to the elec­tion, the strength and ded­i­ca­tion of the staff pre­vailed.

He also said the EOJ would em­bark on a re­view of Mon­day’s poll early next year but, be­fore Christ­mas, will seek to pay its work­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Fisher, the op­er­at­ing bud­get of the EOJ for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions was un­der $1 bil­lion since ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment used in the Fe­bru­ary 25 gen­eral elec­tion would have been reused for Mon­day’s elec­tion.


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