Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

Press Release: 18 Nov. 2014

In accordance with section 16 of the Registration of Electors Act, Chap. 2:03, the Supplementary Register was published on November 11, 2014. The statutory period for objections in respect of this register, ended on Monday, November 17, 2014.

The Supplementary Register reflects the names of new registrations totaling 2895 for the period October 1, 2014 to November 6, 2014, that is, the day on which the Elections Writs were issued by His Excellency the President.

The Electors List which will be used for the General Elections scheduled for December 8, 2014, shall constitute the names of registered electors on the Preliminary List, numbering 69,589 persons and the above-mentioned Supplementary List. The Electors List of persons eligible to vote in the elections, therefore totals 72, 484.

The Electoral Office received a few Notices of Objections and these are being dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Electors List reflects the fact that Dominica’s elections laws provide for continuous registration and strict procedures as to the manner in which any registered elector may be removed from the register.

The Commission has over the years, through the Electoral Office, succeeded in removing from the register, the names of deceased registered electors whose deaths have been confirmed through the Civil Registry and/or due inquiry and investigation.

In addition, the Electoral Office has repeatedly advised the public of the need to utilize the objections procedure stipulated by law in order to initiate the process by which names of ineligible persons may be deleted.

The public is also informed of the commencement of the Commission’s Voter Education Programme, leading up to the December 8 elections. This campaign will include the broadcasting of its "Elections Corner" programme in both English and Creole, on radio stations in the State, as well as its publication in the print media. Additionally, a video presentation produced with the cooperation of the Government Information Service will be broadcasted on both television stations. This television production highlights the voting process and introduces the new ballot boxes which will be used for the first time in the upcoming General Elections.

The Commission is also in the process of updating the website and Facebook pages of the Electoral Office in order to provide relevant statistics, as well as general information to the public in preparation for the elections.

Posted: 18/11/2014