Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Voters Converge On Electoral Department In Response To Election Bell

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The announcement of a July 26, 2021 date for general elections in Saint Lucia has galvanized voters into converging on the Electoral Department in Castries to ensure they are able to cast their ballots in the right electoral district.

“Lots of people are here to do changes of names and addresses – some people have ID cards which have been misplaced, so our well-equipped staff is here to assist them,” Electoral Commissioner, Zilta George-Leslie explained.

“The lines are getting longer,” she observed.

“Everybody was waiting for the date to be called and the Prime Minister has now rung the bell, so I guess everybody is excited and everybody is ready to get everything in place,” the Electoral Commissioner told St Lucia Times.

Zilta George-Leslie -Electoral Commissioner
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She explained that the Electoral Department will ensure that the list of its returning officers gets to the Governor General and the office of the Attorney General.

“So we can prepare the writs for that and we can ensure that the 17 constituencies each have their returning officers and these offices will now be set up,” the electoral official stated.

“We are telling the voters to please come out this week. We are giving them until Friday to ensure they are here with any changes,” George-Leslie explained.

She said people should be aware that they may also vote with their driver’s licence or an ID card.

But the Electoral Commissioner noted that the important thing is that individuals are registered and know where they are registered.

“As long as they know where they are registered, they don’t necessarily have to have that ID card – the Saint Lucia national ID card to vote. They can use other means of identification,” she observed.

Nevertheless, George-Leslie pointed out that lots of people prefer to have their ID cards.

She also said that election observers would be welcome.

“We have had observers in the past and we don’t see any reason why we should not have observers in this election,” the Electoral Commissioner asserted.

“We are running a free and fair election- this is what the Electoral Commission stands for, fairness and equity for all,” she declared

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