Technical issues halt voter registration

The Electoral Department today postponed registration of voters for the next general elections to tomorrow, citing technical issues linked to the inclement weather.

“Because of the weather and they are actually doing some renovation work, we wanted to safeguard our equipment,” the Civic and Voter Registration Coordinator, Alymphia Lionel, told the Times.

The Electoral Department has reported that a number of persons have been converging on its offices in various parts of the country before and especially after the announcement of the June 6, 2016 general elections.

“For the last couple of days we have had persons coming in large numbers to do registration and renewal of expired cards,” Alymphia Lionel, told the Times.

She recalled that a notice went out two days ago letting persons know that the final day for registration is Sunday, May 22, 2016.

However Lionel said that unfortunately, the department experienced technical difficulties at 1PM this afternoon, Saturday May 21, 2016, bringing a halt to the registration process at the various centres which are interconnected.

She disclosed that since the Electoral Department wants to accommodate everyone and be fair to them, it will open its centres tomorrow, Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 9a.m until it has accommodated everyone.

Lionel however said that tomorrow is the cut-off date.

“We are going to open until we serve everybody,” she told the Times.

She disclosed that persons are coming in to do renewals.

But Lionel explained that even after Sunday, May 22, which is the cut off point for registration, the Electoral Department will continue with the renewal of cards.

“Our centres out there are not closed because persons are still collecting cards and paper work is still being done,” she revealed.

Lionel said on May 30, 2016, the final voters list will be out.

“We want persons to continue checking their names on those registered voters lists,” she said.

The Electoral Department official explained that the lists are posted in all the constituencies on public and other buildings.

She stated that persons can also call or come in to the department to check.


  1. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Because this is stupidness with the short announcement from the pm .
    What is his reason for that like he just throw the date on the ppl knowing it will fall on the ground ? Not even all his supporters are ready . My son needs id card , my brother plan to come home to vote . And like they feel they just right with their decision with such a short notice . His voters should stay home while all the uwps go out in large numbers then he will look like a fool .

  2. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I need some clarification. Can you not vote with any form of picture ID? What happens if my ID card is expired? I’m I not allowed to vote?

  3. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    You can vote still vote if your ID is expired

  4. Bebe
    May 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Didn’t Kenny think of that? This is crap. You go pay for it Kenny son of the devil. You say you saved. Wicked and sly, that’s what you are. We can see right through you.

  5. The Commentator
    May 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Everything is last minute in this country. Like Brazil we have a philosophy of “why do it today if it can be done tomorrow.”

    1. Anonymous
      May 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

      I dont get your comparison, shouldn’t you say “why do it tomorrow if you can do it today”. Or maybe i am missing the point.

  6. Margaret Lubrin Aoki
    May 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    That’s what happens when we play “god.” Didn’t this office claim that it was ready? Lack of foresight, plagues us like a chronic disease. In all our planning we seldom make room for contingencies. No plan-B. No back up. Fairness dictates that the registration deadline be extended to Monday instead. Agitate!

  7. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    That’s the plan because Kenny feels every body is labour so no registration of ID cards for UWPs. So we will here all cock and bull stories coming from the electoral department. About renovations. Now ?

  8. Sad-But-True
    May 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Good to know our Electoral Officer has it covered.

    Onward to victory.

    This is testing our preparedness even at a National Disaster Level.

    Our Superior Leader and Party, SLP.
    Great Job!