Sunday 15 December, 2019

Deadline for applications for special electors is today

Today is the final day for the submission of applications by those wishing to apply for consideration as special electors for the December 2 Local Government Elections.

Special electors include police officers, members of the Defence Force, Prison Service, and Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

If you have any travel plans that will prevent you from casting your vote in the December 2 election, you may want to consider applying as a special elector.

Special electors also include groups which may be unable to go in person to the polling station at which he is entitled to vote due to hospitalisation at a public hospital, or in a private hospital approved by the Commission.

Inmates and prisoners eligible to vote are also considered in this group.

A member of the flight crew of an aircraft and a person engaged in offshore petroleum operations are also recognised as special electors.

The EBC advised that applications may be returned to the office of the respective Returning Officer, all EBC Registration Area Offices and Sub-offices and the Central Electoral Office at Scott House, Port of Spain.

The Commission explained that between the date of publication of an Election Notice and Nomination Day (November 11, 2019) eligible persons desirous of being special electors apply to be treated as such to the Returning Officer of the electoral district in which they are registered. Applications are allowed by the Returning Officer once he or she is satisfied as to each applicant’s bona fides.

Regarding members of the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Estate Police and Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, permission to be treated as special electors “… may be granted for an indefinite period but, where such an application is so granted the applicant shall cease to be entitled to be treated as a special elector (…) if he (or she) ceases to serve in the Police Service or as a member of the Special Reserve Police Service or of the Estate Police Service or of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.”

Returning Officers keep a record of their lists of special electors and addresses. These lists must be completed not later than three days after Nomination Day.

“Not later than two days after the list of special electors has been prepared the Returning Officer shall publish it by making a copy thereof available for inspection at his office and shall cause a copy thereof to be delivered to the Chief Election Officer and to the Registration Officers of the registration units in which the said special electors are registered for the purposes of the election.”

“The Returning Officer shall make a copy of the record of special electors available for inspection at his office.”

“As soon as practicable after the preparation of the list of special electors, the Returning Officer shall, on request, supply to each candidate or his election agent a copy of the list.”

“A Registration Officer on receiving a list of special electors under subrule (6) shall delete the names of any such electors from the relevant revised lists of electors.”

“The Registration Officer on receipt of the list of special electors from the Returning Officer shall remove the registration records of such electors from the register and shall place them in alphabetical order according to surnames in a binder; and the records shall be the register of special electors for such electoral district.”

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