(CNS): Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush has called on the Elections Office to push back the year-end deadline for eligible people to register as voters in time for the 2017 General Election. Wesley Howell, the supervisor of elections, told CNS that they are considering pushing back the deadline into January and expect to decide soon. He noted that there was an extension ahead of the 2013 poll and the same thing could happen again. Bush posted his concerns on his Facebook page this week as he urged people to register.
The long deadline is to allow elections officials and the public time to check the accuracy of the list before it is finalised by 1 April 2017, when it becomes the official voter register.
Bush warned that the 2017 poll would be a “confusing election with the new changes”, and he encouraged everyone to do their part and ensure the people’s democratic right to choose their representatives was not hampered by people not knowing what to do or where to go to vote.
“Firstly, let’s ensure we are all registered and we can also do our part by ensuring our own family and friends have done so,” he said on his social media posting.
Currently there are 18,457 people registered to vote but the Elections Office has been through a voter drive and register clean up over the last month and the list is expected to increase significantly before the final roll call for election day.
For more information on how to register to vote, details about the new single member constituencies and the new boundaries, as well as information on the new system of ‘one man, one vote’, visit the Elections Office website.