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June 17 deadline for voter registration
June 17 is the deadline for voter registration of next month’s by-election by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).
Registration, according to EBC’s communications manager Dominic Hinds, began last Friday at the commission’s two offices—125 Eastern Main Road in Barataria and Scott House, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.
Until Thursday of this week, the EBC will accept registration from 8 am to 6 pm.
The EBC will be closed in observance of the Eid Holiday (Friday).
Hinds said the EBC will be opened on June 16 (Saturday) from 9 am until 3 pm.
On June 17 (Sunday), registration will begin at 9 am and conclude at 2 pm.
Yesterday, Hinds admitted that voter registration was slow, stating that he expects things to pick up by the end of this week.
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced July 16 as the by-election date for the Barataria and Belmont East electoral districts.
The seats in the San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation and Port-of-Spain City Corporation became vacant following the death of councillor Pernell Bruno on July 8, 2017 and councillor Darrly Rajpaul on November 18, 2017.
So far, the PNM has announced Nicole Young as the Belmont candidate and Kimberly Rae-Ann Small for Barataria.
The UNC on Sunday named Sharon Maraj-Dharam as their Barataria candidate while Lianna Babb-Gonzales will contest Belmont.
“Voter registration is slow. Right now things are relatively calm,” Hinds said.
Nomination day for candidates is June 25, while a preliminary examination of nomination papers will take place on June 18, Hinds said.
With regards to electoral ink, voting booths and resources being put in place for voting day, Hinds said the EBC has been feverishly working on that.
“We will have everything in place come elections day,” Hinds assured.
Belmont East, Hinds said, has 3,257 registered voters while Barataria has 10,217.
There are 17 polling divisions in Barataria with seven in Belmont.
Following registration, Hinds said the EBC would know if the voting population for the two districts would have increased or decreased.
“Then we will have a revised list of electors which we will announce to the public soon.”
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