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Electoral Commission Confirms Old Voters List for Castries Central Bye-Election

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - The Electoral Commission has confirmed that the old Voters List will be used for the upcoming bye-election in Castries Central. This was confirmed by the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Kenneth Monplaisir, Q.C.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony wrote to the Commission on January 6, 2006, seeking clarification as to which list will be used for the upcoming bye-election in Castries Central.

In his letter of reply to the Prime Minister, Mr. Monplaisir indicated he had summoned a meeting of the Commission on January 10, to discuss the Prime Minister's query.

He said the Commission agreed that the Prime Minister was "absolutely correct" when he surmised that "the current enumeration exercise will not be completed in time to publish a new Voters List for the forthcoming Castries Central Bye-election."

According to Mr. Monplaisir: "The Commission confirms that the Voters List, as published on 31st March 2005, shall be the register for the Castries Central Electoral District and, accordingly, shall be the list applicable for the forthcoming Castries Central Bye-election."

Mr. Monplaisir indicated in his letter to the Prime Minister that "the authority for this is in accordance with Section 22 of the House of Assembly (Elections) Act 1979."

The Commission comprises one member each nominated by the Government and the Parliamentary Opposition and is chaired by an appointee of the Governor General.

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