ECJ Chairman retires after 19 years of service

KINGSTON, Jamaica; The Honourable Dorothy Pine-McLarty, Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), has retired after 19 years of service. Mrs. Pine-McLarty joined the Commission (then Electoral Advisory Committee) in December 2000 as a Selected Commissioner. In 2013, she was appointed Chairman of the ECJ, serving in that capacity until her retirement, effective December 31, 2019.

During her tenure, Mrs. Pine-Mclarty has been instrumental in the successful oversight of four Parliamentary elections, four Local Government elections and numerous by-elections, a residence reverification project, the implementation of the Electronic Voter Identification System in selected polling stations, among other initiatives to improve Jamaica’s electoral system. Most recently, the Commission enacted the long-awaited Political Parties Registration and Election Campaign Financing under her leadership.

The remaining Selected Commissioners are the Honourable Justice Karl Harrison, the Honourable Earl Jarrett and Professor Alvin Wint.

It is expected that the Governor-General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, will shortly announce a replacement for Mrs. Pine-McLarty to sit on the Commission as a Selected Commissioner.

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