The Electoral Office of Jamaica, EOJ, is removing the names over 250,000 voters who’ve died since 1998.

Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown, says concerns have been raised about the number of deceased electors’ names, which are removed from the list each year. He says the EOJ has deleted an average of about 5,000 names annually since continuous registration started in 1997.

The first phase, which runs until April 30, 2019, entails identifying the names to be removed. The second phase involves removing those names from the list, after they’ve been confirmed as deceased.

The EOJ says it’s sending nearly 800 verifiers to all 63 constituencies to carry out the three-month exercise, now underway.

Mr. Brown indicated that for easy identification, each verifier will have an EOJ identification card and will be wearing a branded T-shirt bearing the agency’s crest on the front and the words ‘EOJ Verifier’ on the back. He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday.