Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Director of Elections gets leave to challenge his dismissal

Director of Elections, Orrettye Fisher, and Electoral Commission of Jamaica Chairman, Dorothy Pine-McLarty.

Director of Elections, Orrettye Fisher, and Electoral Commission of Jamaica Chairman, Dorothy Pine-McLarty.

The Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, is set to remain in the position until at least early next year.

A Supreme Court Judge, Justice David Batts, on Thursday afternoon granted Fisher leave to challenge the decision of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to replace him as the Director of Elections.

The matter is scheduled to be heard on January 24, next year. 

Fisher, through his attorney, Hugh Wildman, had sought and secured a Supreme Court injunction to halt his dismissal on October 31, and filed a lawsuit before the court challenging the decision to terminate his contract.

The challenge is reportedly on the basis that Fisher was last offered a one-year contract that expired on October 31, when it is contended by his legal representative that the law dictates that he should have been on a seven-year contract.

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