Re-Registration and Re-Districting on The Horizon

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Updated: April 12, 2016

Since early 2015 several factions have been calling for a re-registration of voters and the subsequent re-districting of electoral divisions.  The Vision Inspired by the People and the People’s United Party have demanded that such an exercise take place and the recommendation has come from the observer mission of the Organization of American States following last year’s election.  In November 2015, the Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai had indicated that the Elections and Boundaries Department is moving in accordance with the law which states that the re-registration exercise is due in July 2017.  It is indeed an activity that Tamai and her staff are preparing for as even Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke of it at the UDP Convention in Dangriga on March 20, 2016.

DEAN BARROW

“Re registration that must take place during this term of office of the UDP, that is as is mandated by the constitution, every single voter in this country will have to re-register.  Remember also that we are sworn to redistrict the constituencies of this country and that in consequence of that exercise there will be new and additional constituencies that your great party will have to fight. There is tremendous work to be done, when that re-registration exercise begins your United Democratic Party will be immediately out of the starting blocks going pell mell, metal to pedal making absolutely sure that we are the ones to take our people to the registration office, we are the ones to come out on top by the time that countrywide re registration exercise is done.”

Re registration that must take place during this term of office of the UDP, that is as is mandated by the constitution every single voter in this country will have to re register, remember also that we are sworn redistrict the constituencies of this country and that in consequence of that exercise there will be new and additional constituencies that your greater will have to fight. There is tremendous work to be done, when that re registration exercise begins your United Democratic Party will be immediately out of the starting blocks going metal to pedal making absolutely sure that we are the ones to take our people to the registration office, we are the ones to come out on top by the time that countrywide re registration exercise is done.

Yesterday, in an interview with Minister Anthony Martinez, even he spoke of the re-registration process and his support for such an overdue undertaking.

ANTHONY MARTINEZ

According to the Chief Elections Officer, once the re-registration is completed that would then serve as an indicator for the re-districting exercise.