Re-Registration of Electors set to commence July

The Elections and Boundaries Department is enacting Statutory Instrument No. 47 of 2017 which is a proclamation issued by the Governor General altering the date for the commencement of the re-registration exercise to be carried out from 1st July 2017 to 1st July 2018. The exercise paves the way for the creation of new registers of electors and issuance of new voter identification cards. Mass registration begins on Monday, 2nd July 2018. The traditional buildings used as polling stations (But not high schools) will be the registration centers and will be manned by Temporary Assistant Restering Officers. Centers will be opened from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. There will be scheduled visits made to villages and Registering Officers will also accommodate senior citizens and the disabled. At the end of August 2018, registration centers will be closed, and the Elections and Boundaries Offices countrywide will be utilized for the ongoing re-registration exercise. After the mass registration is completed the department will prepare and publish registers of electors. Fourteen (14) days will be allowed for objections, after which they would be revised by the courts. Political parties are afforded the opportunity to have scrutineers at the registration centers to observe the registration process. The policy of requiring proof of citizenship, age, and authentication of documents tendered shall be strictly enforced. In exceptional cases only, those unable to produce proof of citizenship and age, are required to bring along a photograph certified, stamped, and signed by a JP. Applicants will then complete a form available at the registration center which will go through a verification process. As soon as the Registering Officers publish the new registers of electors, there will be notices published specifying the places where the registers will be available for inspection.

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