Orrette Fisher, Director of Elections and Dorothy Pine-McLarty, Chairman of the ECJ
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher has said the Electoral Commission of Jamaica is unable to carry out an enumeration exercise due to a lack of funding.
According to Mr. Fisher, $700 million was originally approved to carry out the exercise, however, following discussions, the Electoral Commission was forced to halt progress because of the need for more information from the Attorney General's office.
He hopes the funds will be reallocated following a response from the Attorney General's department.
"My expectation and anticipation is, having re-submitted the budget for the new financial year, that the allocation will come and that we'll be able to pick up from where we had left off and to proceed with the enumeration exercise," he declared.
Dorothy Pine-McLarty, Chairman of the ECJ, in shedding light on the issue, said the commission is awaiting advice from the Attorney's General Office on how to deal with members of the Diaspora before proceeding with the planned enumeration.
She reasoned that in many instances, Jamaicans go overseas for work but come for an election, only to learn that they have not spent the requisite time in Jamaica to qualify to vote. But these people, she argued, "have as much loyalty as we have but are in the diaspora", and so the Attorney General has been asked to make a final decision on the matter before the enumeration process can continue.