Letter to Observer on Conventions of Parliament

The Editor

The Daily Observer of Friday September 9, 2010 on Page 18 reported me as saying that whatever is recommended by the Electoral Commission is ‘rubber stamped’ by Parliament. The caption under a picture of me also used the phrase ‘rubber stamped.’ Not only have I never used the phrase ‘rubber stamp’ in reference to the Convention spoken of but the notion of Parliament being a ‘rubber stamp’ is such an unfortunate misrepresentation, gross misconstruction and colossal misunderstanding, that I cannot but set the record straight. Continue reading

Letter Editor Gleaner EAC Being Phased Out

The Editor

The Daily Gleaner

Dear Madam

On Wednesday, January 17th at the first regular Press Briefing to be held by the newly appointed Selected Members of the Electoral Advisory Committee, I was asked if we were aware of the draft National Registration Legislation. The essence of my answer was that we were aware of the Draft Legislation. The matter had been discussed in the EAC. We had great reservations about some aspects of the Legislation. We had asked Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty to draft the EAC’s response. Our response would be presented to the Minister. Further, we would seek opportunity from the Clerk of the Parliament to appear at the Bar of the House to present our views. Continue reading

Thank you Director Danville Walker

Director of Elections

Dear Mr. Walker

On behalf of the Electoral Advisory Committee, EAC, I wish to thank you and the staff of the Electoral Office of Jamaica, EOJ, for the hard and excellent work done in preparing for and executing the General Election on October 16, 2002. The true worth of the job done by yourself and your staff has been the glowing testimonies of electors who went to the polls and who contrasted their 2002 experience with their experience in previous elections. While it has been the role of the EAC to advise you with respect to policies and practices as well as to assist in the mobilisation of support for free and fair elections, the task of implementation rested solely with the EOJ under your leadership. For a job well done you have the gratitude of the EAC and entire Jamaica. Continue reading

Letters to the Editors of Observer and Herald – Convention

The Editor

Observer and Herald, respectively

Kingston

Dear Sir

In the recent debate in Parliament concerning the penalty to be applied to voting openly several allegations were made against the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, ECJ, which have no foundation in fact. On behalf of the Commission, and for the record, allow me to state the facts: Continue reading

Letter to the Editor Gleaner – Closure of EAC

The Editor

The Daily Gleaner

Dear Madam

On Wednesday, January 17th at the first regular Press Briefing to be held by the newly appointed Selected Members of the Electoral Advisory Committee, I was asked if we were aware of the draft National Registration Legislation. The essence of my answer was that we were aware of the Draft Legislation. The matter had been discussed in the EAC. We had great reservations about some aspects of the Legislation. We had asked Mrs Dorothy Pine-McLarty to draft the EAC’s response. Our response would be presented to the Minister. Further, we would seek opportunity from the Clerk of the Parliament to appear at the Bar of the House to present our views. Continue reading