Last Day For Voters To Make First List

People assemble at the Cedar Grove Primary School to register in the St John's Rural North constituency last month. (File photo)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With today being the last day for mass voter registration, individuals who have not yet registered but are eligible to do so are being advised to come out and do so.

Spokesperson for the Antigua & Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC), Anne Harewood George yesterday urged, “If you’re not registered, (today) is the day to come out and do so to ensure you get onto that preliminary list. We are hoping to get everyone onto the preliminary list, even though we will have continuous registration once the list has been published.”

So far, she said, a total of 46,610 people have registered. The last register of electors published in June 2012, had 54,000 plus electors.

Harewood said the commission has “all systems” in place to resume registration from 7 am today at all 17 constituencies, while it has emphasised to “Internet Service providers the importance of today’s process and will work closely with them to ensure the process runs smoothly.”

Harewood said the commission is satisfied with the turnout, and that the bulk of eligible electors have been registered.

Mass registration, which commenced on September 30, has been dogged by technical problems that caused delays, including lack of Internet connectivity, late delivery of cameras to take voter ID photographs, and electricity service interruptions.

Registration is being done under reformed electoral laws, a section of which calls for Commonwealth citizens to be lawfully resident in Antigua & Barbuda for a period of seven years instead of the previous requirement of three years.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)