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Aug 17, 2018

P.U.P. Says Re-registered Voters Fall Well Below the Previous Threshold

The countrywide re-registration exercise comes to an end on August thirty-first.  The number of eligible voters that has been recorded since the process commenced at the beginning of July, has fallen well below the expectation of the Elections and Boundaries Department.  Both major political parties have been busy mobilizing voters to the respective centers across all thirty-one constituencies.  Earlier today, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, shared the P.U.P.’s perspective on the ongoing exercise.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“We knew that the re-registration process was going to be a challenge for everyone, to get people to understand that they have to re-register all over and yes, the numbers may be below the target of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.  But from our end, we are meeting our targets.  What we are seeing is that our people are more motivated, our supporters are more motivated than the supporters of the government.  So we are meeting our targets, we believe that we have done more than fifty percent of the target that we have in place.  There are challenges, yes; there are a lot of challenges.  One of the biggest problems that we have is that on these instances, all the offices that were opened and the people that are manned, they are not only sympathizers of the U.D.P., most of them are campaigners of the U.D.P. and we have a massive problem with that because then they sometimes tend to make things difficult when people come to register.  In the instances, they tend to try to turn us around and it creates a problem for us trying to, we feel that that should have never happened.  Now we do have a good working relationship with the Chief Elections Officer, we meet with her constantly, we pass our comments and they try to do as best as they can, but there’s only so much that can be done.”

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