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Contact: Jacques Hinkson-Compton

Wednesday 31 August 2011 Officials of the Saint Lucia Electoral Department are ready whenever elections are called, were the comments made by the Chief Elections Officer, Mr. Carson Raggie. “The groundwork has been laid down and all tasks needed for the event are being undertaken as we speak.” 


The Chief Elections officer, in a recent interview, explained the state of preparedness. “Our electoral system is designed in such a manner that will allow the department to put itself in a constant state of preparedness which will enable us to efficiently and effectively conduct any election whenever it is called”


The registration of voters as he noted is a significant aspect of the department's duties and is an ongoing process. The department will also be facilitating the registration of persons in the various constituencies throughout the island, especially those persons who live great distances from the two electoral offices in New Dock Road, Vieux-Fort and High Street, Castries.


A revised registered voter's list which was published in March of this year, will be updated with any new registrants from that date onwards, until a cut off point, when the election is called.   The department wishes to inform the public of the new voting procedures that will become effective come elections.


Some of these new procedures include the replacement of pens with stamps to mark the X on the ballot and there will be a picture of each candidate on the ballot paper. Included in the change, is positive news for those persons who would be off island during the time of the election as the department will hold advanced polling.    


Political parties and prospective candidates will be informed officially of the new voting procedures at a meeting being held on September 3rd 2011 by the commissioner.  Although a set date has not yet been officially announced for elections it can be noted that constitutionally, it must happen by March of 2012 for the latest.

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