EOJ Dismisses Reports of Political Interference

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it’s unaware of any actions of political interference or allegations of political interference in the operations of the Electoral of Jamaica, EOJ.

In a newspaper advertisement on Sunday, the ECJ says it has taken note of media reports concerning recent court proceedings initiated by former Director of Elections, Orette Fisher.

Mr. Fisher filed a legal challenge against the ECJ in the Supreme Court in February over its decision to not renew his contract.

He later resigned from the position in March, reportedly citing growing levels of political influence at the EOJ in his final letter to the staff.

However, in its newspaper advertisement yesterday, the ECJ says on March 16, selected members of the ECJ met with the team of senior staff at the EOJ, all of whom confirmed they were not aware of any political interference affecting its functions.

The ECJ says it continues to work to ensure Jamaica’s electoral machinery is increasingly freer, fairer, insulated from political interference and isn’t negatively impacted by electoral malpractice.

It says at no time was the former Director of Elections dismissed from office, nor was his employment terminated.

The ECJ is also expressing gratitude to Mr. Fisher for his decades of service.

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