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Remove 'errant' ECJ commissioner — Bunting

Monday, May 21, 2018

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MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting has condemned the controversy now surrounding the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) and said the one "errant" commissioner that is at the root of the issue should be removed.

Bunting, who did not name the commissioner, was speaking at a conference in the Mandeville Division Sunday night.

He said the body is too important to democracy for the matter not to be resolved with urgency and the ECJ has to be held in high repute, especially at a time when election results are so close.

The MP noted that he spent seven years as a commissioner of the ECJ, mainly while he was General Secretary of the People's National Party (PNP), and said he knows Orrette Fisher, the former head of the ECJ embroiled in the controversy, as a "sober" person when talking on issues.

Bunting also said the evidence is substantiating that Fisher was harassed out of the position and it does not look or smell good.

Guest speaker at the function Wensworth Skeffery, who is also a current ECJ commissioner, spoke briefly on the issue, stating that it would be addressed further today.

He concurred that one commissioner should not be allowed to influence the process.

Alicia Sutherland

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