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Apr 17, 2019

P.S.U. Stands behind Registering Officer, Jerrylyn Bruce

The plight of Jerrylyn Bruce, registering officer at the Elections and Boundaries Department, was brought up in the Senate on Monday. A string of emails details the back and forth between the registering officer and Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai.  Tamai has denied all allegations of partisan politics involved on the case of the Bradley family who Bruce claims Tamai instructed to put on the electors rolls though they did not qualify. Consequently, Bruce was written up by Tamai and accused of failure to carry out a directive and omitting applications from the Register of Electors and Monthly Supplementary list in the Caribbean Shores area.  Now, Bruce is taking her boss to court and is represented by former U.D.P. Mayor Darrell Bradley; she is also to appear before the Public Services Commission.  As a member of the Public Service Union, today she got the support of her union. In a statement the P.S.U. calls on the Chief Elections Officer to desist from making statements about members without providing the evidence.  The union says that it has the documentation and is satisfied that in fact Bruce and other public officers have complied with directives. Just that in this case, it was to disallow all persons whose names could not be verified at the Vital Statistics Unit or Immigration Department on the grounds that documentation of their nationality cannot be verified. The union says that the professionalism of public officers in the election process has always been of the highest standard and that it will not sit by and allow officers to be victimized especially when they carry out their duties to the letter of the law. The P.S.U. also endorses officers who do not carry out illegal instructions. It also states that it is aware of the continuous interference and threats by political operatives that have resulted in the transfer of public officers.

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