VOTING SYMBOLS GENERAL ELECTION 2021

In accordance with Section 28 of The Elections Ordinance Reprint showing the Law as of 14 December 2020, permits Candidates for general election to file voting symbols with the Supervisor. 

Section 28 (1) of the Ordinance stipulates “On or before the day fixed for nomination of Candidates under section 27, the secretary or other officer of a political party or an independent candidate may certify and file with the Supervisor a notice of request to use a particular voting symbol, which notice shall be in the form prescribed in the ordinance (Schedule 2). 

(2) Within forty-eight hours after the close of nomination the Supervisor may allot a voting symbol to each candidate in such election: Provided that the same symbol shall be allotted to each candidate of the same political party. 

(3) The allocation of voting symbols shall be at the discretion of the Supervisor, but in exercising such discretion due cognizance shall be taken of the duly notified desire of a political party or independent candidate to use a political symbol. 

Once a timely notice has been received within 48 hours after the close of Nomination, the Supervisor will allot a voting symbol. 

However, any notices received after Nomination Day will not meet with legislative timeline set out in section 28(1). 

The election ordinance gives the Supervisor, the discretion to allot voting symbols and he said “I will consider in good faith and give due regard to the desire of a political party or independent candidates to use a political symbol”. 

 

Lister Dudley Lewis 
Supervisor of Elections 

GENERAL ELECTION NOMINATION PACK

The General Election Nomination Pack for Candidates for general election schedule for February 19, 2021 has been launched by the Supervisor of Elections and made available at the Elections Department Grand Turk and Providenciales on Monday January 25, 2021. 

The pack contains all the various items that every Candidate or Political Party will need to complete to ensure that they are correctly nominated and that they have met all of the necessary legal requirements to allow them to stand for election. 

It includes detailed guidance notes about the requirements and a helpful checklist so that Candidates can ensure that their nomination papers has been properly completed, including all of the other required forms that must be submitted to either the Returning Officer or the Supervisor. 

According to the election timetable, the Governor has issued the formal Writs for election. 

Section 83 of the Elections Ordinance Reprint showing the laws as at 14 December, 2020 provides that where anything required by that Ordinance to be done on any day falls to be done in Saturday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or any public holiday, that thing may be done on the next day, not being one of the excluded days. 

Therefore, the list of Candidates for each electoral district and for the All Island district nominated will be published on Monday February 1, 2021. 

The Supervisor said “although many people have come forward and said that it is their intention to stand for election, they cannot do so unless they have met all the requirements stated in the nomination pack and they must submit the correctly completed application by the deadline and pay the required deposit of five hundred dollars ($500.00). 

Any questions about the nomination pack should be directed to the Elections Office Pond Street Grand Turk or call Telephone 649-338-2304 or 649-246-7742. 

 

Lister Dudley Lewis 
Supervisor of Elections 

TREATING

It is important during this election time for candidates and campaigners to avoid any treating activity that might breach section 70 of the Elections Ordinance which reads: 

  1. Every person who corruptly, by himself or by any other person, either before, during or after an election, directly or indirectly, gives or provides or pays, wholly or in part, the expenses of giving or providing any food, drink, entertainment, or provision to or for any person for the purpose of corruptly influencing that person or any other person, to vote or to refrain from voting at such election, or on account of such person or any other person having voted or refrained from voting at such election.
  2. Every voter who corruptly accepts or takes any such food, drink, entertainment or provision. 

Anybody who is found guilty of treating under the Elections Ordinance shall on summary conviction be liable to a fine of $5,000 or to imprisonment for twelve months or to both. 

Please avoid any activity that attracts the attention of treating and other provisions of the Elections Ordinance.  

Please also be aware that any complaint to the Elections Supervisor of breached to the Elections Ordinance will be passed to the appropriate authorities and will be subject to an investigation. 

 

Lister Dudley Lewis 
Supervisor of Elections

ELECTIONS OFFICE - NOMINATION DAY

The general Elections for the Turks and Caicos Islands is scheduled to be held Friday, 19th February 2021, and potential candidates must register their names, party symbols and make the necessary deposits on or before nomination day, which is on Friday, 29th January 2021.

The nomination pack is available to all candidates who wish to register for the upcoming general Elections. The packs are available for collection at the Elections Department on Grand Turk and Providenciales.

Candidates must read it and satisfy themselves that they meet the requisite requirements. Once completed, all candidates must return the nomination pack along with the Treasury receipt for the $500 deposit on nomination day. This should be accompanied with a valid photo identification.

All district candidates must lodge their nomination papers with a Returning Officer in the district in which they intend to run for Elections. The All-Island candidates can lodge their nomination papers with a Returning Officer in any electoral district.

The nomination papers must be submitted during the hours 10am to 1pm, and then 2pm to 4pm on 29th January 2021.

The locations of the Returning Officers for each district on Nomination Day are listed below:

  • ED 01 – Grand Turk North – Ona Glinton Primary School Auditorium
  • ED 02 – Grand Turk South and Salt Cay – Anglican Church Dillon Hall
  • ED 03 – South Caicos – Community Centre
  • ED 04 – Middle and North Caicos – Kew Community Centre
  • ED 05 – Leeward, Providenciales – David Been Premises, Leeward Highway
  • ED 06 – The Bight, Providenciales – Ianthe Pratt Primary School Auditorium/Library
  • ED 07 – Richmond Hill/Cheshire Hall, Providenciales – Disaster Management Conference Room
  • ED 08 – Blue Hills, Providenciales – Church of God of Prophecy Church office
  • ED 09 – Five Cays, Providenciales – Felix Morley Community Centre
  • ED 10 – Wheeland, Providenciales – Bethany Baptist Church School

 

LISTER DUDLEY LEWIS
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS WARNS AGAINST “TREATING”

Political campaigning is well on the way for the yet to be announced general elections of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Supervisor of Elections take the opportunity of reminding Candidates, Political Parties or anyone associated with them of the need to comply with the provisions of the Election Ordinance, and in particular he reminds what is expected by virtue of Section 70 of the said Ordinance which reads:

Every person who corruptly by himself or other person, either before, during or after an election, directly or indirectly, gives or provides or pays wholly or in part the expenses of giving or providing any food, drink, entertainment or provision to or for any person for the purpose of corruptly, influencing that person or any other person to vote or refrain from voting at such election or on account of such person or any other person having voted or refrained from voting at such election and this behavior is known as “Treating” is illegal”.

The Supervisor also explained that “Treating” has been illegal for many years, especially as it relates to giving out Hams and Turkeys at Christmas time.

In the past, leading up to the General Election some people chose to ignore the offense of Treating and such behavior he said is no longer ignored.

The person offering this kind of inducement is committing a serious criminal offence and so is any member of the public who accepts a gift or cash.

The Supervisor has also warned that he will follow up upon all reports received and will not hesitate to collaborate with the Police to initiate criminal investigation.

Political Party bodies and Candidates should make it known throughout their organization or campaign machinery of the need to comply with the law so as to uphold the law and ensure a level playing field between campaigns in the best interest of voters in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Lister Dudley Lewis
Supervisor of Elections

CONTINUED VOTER REGISTRATION

The Supervisor of Elections takes this opportunity to remind all that voter registration in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is a continuous process, and that in accordance with the Elections Ordinance, he is required to produce and publish an Electors’ Register every year.

‘The Electors’ Register’, he said, ‘for 2021/2022 will be produced and published on March 31, 2021. The cut-off date for accepting applications for persons to be added to that Register is Monday, November 30, 2020, at 4:30pm.’

The Supervisor is appealing to eligible voters who did not take the opportunity to register for the 2020/2021 Register to take this opportunity to register.

For voter registration, applicants must complete and sign the required Registration Application Form, and must present a Status Card issued by the Ministry of Border Control.

Persons who were previously registered do not have to re-register as their names will remain on the Electors’ Register.

The Supervisor further stated that the 2020/2021 Electors’ Register produced and published on March 31, 2020, will be the Electors’ Register used to facilitate the up-coming general elections. He lamented that no additional names will be added to that Register at this time.

All new applicants will be added to the 2021/2022 Electors’ Register and, therefore, will not be eligible to vote in the up-coming general elections.

 

Lister Dudley Lewis
Supervisor of Elections

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