Jamaica electoral office removing over 260,000 dead people from voters’ list


The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has embarked on an exercise to remove from the voters’ list the names of persons who have died since 1998. Director of Elections Glasspole Brown says the exercise aims to delete the names of in excess of 260,000 deceased electors.

Brown was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank at the agency’s head office in St Andrew on November 28, where representatives of the Electoral Commission made the announcement. He said that the exercise comes against the background of concerns raised regarding the number of deceased electors’ names that are removed from the list each year. He disclosed that the EOJ has deleted an average of under 5,000 names annually since continuous registration commenced in 1997.

“Hence, we anticipated that the list would have accumulated a [significant] number of deceased electors over the 20-year period. [So] there is now a need to refresh the list,” the director of elections added.(Jamaica Gleaner)…[+]