Fisher fights to re­main elec­tions boss

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Livern Bar­rett Se­nior Gleaner Writer­rett@glean­

DI­REC­TOR OF Elec­tions Or­rette Fisher was sum­moned to a meet­ing last Wed­nes­day and in­formed that his ten­ure would come to an end to­day, his at­tor­ney Hugh Wild­man has as­serted.

Wild­man claimed, too, that no rea­son was given for Fisher’s ter­mi­na­tion dur­ing the meet­ing, which was at­tended by chair­man of the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (ECJ) of Ja­maica, Dorothy PineMcLarty, and two of the se­lected com­mis­sion­ers.

He said the ECJ also in­formed his client that the po­si­tion would be ad­ver­tised, start­ing to­day.

As a re­sult, the at­tor­ney is head­ing to the Supreme Court to­day to ap­ply for an in­junc­tion bar­ring the ECJ from re­mov­ing Fisher as di­rec­tor of elec­tions. Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Sir Pa­trick Allen was also named in the le­gal ac­tion.

The hear­ing was sched­uled for yes­ter­day, but was ad­journed by Jus­tice Carolyn Tie, who or­dered that the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments be served on all par­ties.

Wild­man ex­plained that the ap­pli­ca­tion is be­ing filed un­der the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion Act, par­tic­u­larly Sec­tion 4.1, which ad­dresses the ap­point­ment of the di­rec­tor of elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the act makes it clear that the di­rec­tor of elec­tions must be ap­pointed for a pe­riod of seven years. “It can­not be trun­cated for less than that,” he in­sisted.

Wild­man noted that Fisher was ap­pointed one year ago and said based on the law, “that should be con­strued as a sev­enyear ap­point­ment.”


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