The Electoral Department, asserting that the announcement of the June 6, 2016 general elections did not catch it by surprise, has said that it is ready for the event.
Special Assistant to the Chief Elections Officer, Cuthbert St. Juste, told the Times that for the past few months the Electoral Department has been preparing.
“The announcement just galvanizes us more into action,” St. Juste disclosed.
He said that bearing in mind that the department has been preparing, he does not envisage any challenges to be considered.
He explained that the department is ensuring that the registration process continues.
St. Juste said that the registration process ends this coming Sunday, May 22, 2016, and persons should get registered before the deadline.
“We will be opening over the next few days to ensure qualified persons get an opportunity to get registered. We are all ready to go!” The Electoral Department official declared.
He called on unregistered persons who are qualified to make the effort to visit centres in Castries, Vieux Fort, Soufriere, Deniere Riviere and Gros Islet to get registered so that they can take part in the upcoming elections.
He expressed the view that a fixed date may not necessarily help the Electoral Department because it has always been prepared.
“In a sense it would help with planning, but we have been doing this thing for the past few years and so a fixed date wouldn’t make much of a difference,” St. Juste stated.
He urged persons to ensure that their names are on the list and visit the offices not later than Sunday if they are not registered.
“If they fail to do that by Sunday they will not be able to participate in this coming election,” the Electoral Official warned.
Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony announced the June 6, 2016 election date during an address to the nation last night.
Nomination day will be on May 27.