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.

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