Turks and Caicos Islanders were given their first opportunity to see the new Preliminary Register of Electors on Tuesday.
This currently shows 6,884 verified persons can vote on 9 November, with an additional 455 cases pending due to insufficient supporting materials by the applicants.
The TCI Supervisor of Elections, Dudley Lewis, has arranged for the preliminary register of voters to be placed at 60 locations across the Turks and Caicos Islands. This lists voters by the 15 existing Electoral Districts. This will be changed later to 10 new districts following the completion of the work of the Electoral Boundaries Commission.
Registered voters have 14 days to scrutinize the list and make any claims or objections by e-mail to DLLewis@gov.tc
The Supervisor of Elections will issue the final Register of Electors after claims have been considered under the appeals process during August.
Some 7,644 persons applied for TC Islander Status Cards through the joint Ministry of Border Control/Election Office registration process, which ended on 29 June. Of these 7,063 were confirmed as TC Islanders; 126 persons were ineligible, 455 cases are pending awaiting additional information. The final Register of Electors will be a little smaller than the number of person registered as Islanders as some people have exercised their right not to be placed on the voters’ roll.
The list of 455 pending Turks and Caicos Islander status verifications issued by the Ministry of Border Control and Labour are for those people who have not yet provided enough information to verify their status. They should now contact the Ministry on 946 2801 Ext: 40707 or 40708 to arrange submission of the additional document required within the next 14 days. Once verification is complete their details will be passed to the Elections Office for addition to the Register of Electors.
People can make claims on their own or others’ behalf, as set out in Form 3 in Schedule 1 of the Election Ordinance.
The agent must produce a sworn affidavit that they are acting on the claimant’s behalf.
The preliminary voter lists may be found here:
Grand Turk West Road
Grand Turk South Back Salina and Salt Cay
Grand Turk Over Back
Grand Turk North Back Salina
Long Bay Hills
North Caicos East
North Caicos West
South Caicos North
South Caicos South