The Electoral Office of Jamaica, EOJ, says it’s awaiting funding from the government to stage three by-elections which are to be held on October 30.
Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, yesterday announced the date for the by-elections at a Jamaica Labour Party mass meeting in Annotto Bay, St. Mary.
The by-elections are to be held in South East St. Mary, South St. Andrew and South West St. Andrew.
On Friday, Director of Elections, Orette Fisher, said despite waiting for additional funds, the EOJ has started training workers for the by-elections.
But Mr. Fisher says his office needs at least $80-million more to hold the by-elections. He says additional funds is needed to cover transport, food and accommodation.
Mr. Fisher says a request for the additional funding was made to the government from July. He says it’s not unusual for there to be a lag in receiving funding for elections.