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Orrette Fisher resigns

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Elections Orrette Fisher has tendered his resignation.

OBSERVER ONLINE has been reliably informed that Fisher will be leaving the Electoral Office of Jamaica tomorrow.

His resignation comes ahead of a court ruling on a lawsuit he brought against the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), seeking judicial review of the decision of the ECJ not to renew his contract, which expired at the end of October 2017.

Fisher was fighting to keep his job as head of the Electoral Office for at least another six years, despite the expiration of his one-year contract, on the grounds that he is entitled to seven years in the post as set out in law.

The director was first appointed for seven years following which he was reappointed under a one year contract, followed by a second one-year contract in 2015.

His attorney has argued that his one-year contracts had been illegal as the appointment cannot be for a period of less than seven years according to the Electoral Commission Interim Act.

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