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The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) on Wednesday (Feb. 4), paid tribute to the life and work of late former Parliamentarian, and Electoral Advisory Committee (EAC) member, Ryan Peralto.
Mr. Peralto, who passed away on January 23 after a brief illness, served as a member of the defunct EAC for 15 of the organisation’s 27 years of existence.
“Although he wasn’t a member of the (ECJ), the Commission views with great sadness, the passing of Mr. Ryan Peralto, Sr. He gave great service, and was always a friend of the Commission,” said ECJ Chairman, Professor Errol Miller, at a media briefing held at the ECJ’s New Kingston offices.
“We really regret his passing, and have conveyed condolences to his family,” he added.
Professor Miller recounted that only last month, Mr. Peralto met with members of the Commission at the ECJ’s offices for discussions on electoral patents. Mr. Peralto had pursued implementation of an automated electronic system on behalf of the EAC, which earned a 1999 patent in the United States, and was used by the EAC in elections to detect voter fraud.
The ECJ Chairman described as “vibrant,” Mr. Peralto’s input in that discussion, adding that he was optimistic about putting plans in place for the system.