ECJ embarks on elector verification exercise

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has announced that it is about to commence a special elector verification exercise to update the voters' list.

According to the ECJ, the aim of the exercise is to accelerate the identification and removal of electors on the current voters' list who have died since 1998.

A major component of the initiative is an islandwide house-to-house verification of electors, which is slated to get underway in November, the ECJ said in a release today.

The ECJ said that the project entails trained and identifiable verifiers visiting the homes of 1.1 million electors 40 years and older to collect the necessary information, over a four-month period. After the exercise, electors who are identified and confirmed as dead will be removed from the voters' list.

“Whenever an election is called, we must prepare for a one hundred percent turnout, that is, all the electors on the list. When we remove the electors confirmed as dead, then we will be able to spend less on elections as we prepare for a more accurate number of voters. Therefore we would be printing fewer ballots and utilizing fewer polling stations, for example,” said Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown.

A recruitment drive for temporary verifiers and data entry clerks will take place over the next three weeks, the ECJ said.

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