KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has sought to maintain its historic working relationship with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) by inviting the newly installed Commissioner of Police, George Quallo to a meeting. The meeting took place at the ECJ’s offices on Wednesday, May 31 following an invitation by Chairman of the ECJ, Honourable Dorothy Pine-McLarty.
The Electoral Commission has a long-standing relationship with the Police Force in relation to its role in the electoral process, particularly during election periods. The meeting, among other things, highlighted the shared vision of the organizations and facilitated discussion on how each can support the other in achieving these goals.
The Commissioner of Police briefly outlined his plans to address the nation’s security priorities, which include; strengthening community policing and anti-corruption initiatives and greater use of technology in the fight against crime. The ECJ Commissioners addressed issues relating to the training of police officers to enable greater understanding of the electoral process and recommendations for an arrangement that will keep the JCF and the ECJ in close liaison during and outside of election periods.
The ECJ Chairman used the opportunity to thank Mr. Quallo and the members of the Force for their critical attention during the most recent elections and the service they have provided over the years.
The meeting was also attended by Selected Commissioners Earl Jarrett, Professor Alvin Wint, Justice Karl Harrison; Nominated Commissioners Aundrae Franklin, Senator the Honorable Thomas Tavares-Finson, Dr. Donald K. Duncan, Paul Burke; and Director of Elections Orrette Fisher.