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Nov 4, 2011

ELections and Boundaries ready

Alberto August

Call the elections now has been the battle cry of opposition members in the House and also at the recent inauguration of Francis Fonseca as PUP Leader. It was wide speculated that the government could call an early election since the People’s United Party was at a clear disadvantage during their leadership transition. Earlier in the week, PM Barrow hinted it might come after municipal elections. According to Alberto August, the Chairman of Elections and Boundaries Commission, the date can be set with only one month’s notice.

Jose Sanchez

“If an early election is called, is the machinery of elections and boundaries ready to handle a municipal and general?”

Alberto August, Chairman, Elections and Boundaries Commission

“Jose one of the roles of the department is to always be in readiness of an election. There is a continuous voter registration exercise in place, there is always training in place to ensure that officers are always ready whenever the election is called.”

Jose Sanchez

“There are times when people are residence of one area; they transfer. Is it too late to actually have the correct addresses vetted through elections and boundaries?”

Alberto August

“Well that is the continuous role of the registering officers. Once a person goes in to apply for registration or transfer then the officer automatically goes in and verifies that person’s residence.”

Jose Sanchez

“How soon could we see an election if you are called to task?”

Alberto August

“Well normally the government or the Prime Minister—because that is at the prerogative of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister normally gives one month notice for the holding of an election; that is enough time. Like I’m telling you the elections and boundaries department is always ready for an election whenever it is called. But like I’m telling you, the Prime Minister normally gives one month notice for election.”

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1 Response for “ELections and Boundaries ready”

  1. Eye In The Sky says:

    I bet they ready with Magic Ballots

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