PRESS RELEASE – PROTOCOLS/GUIDELINES FOR VOTING DURING GENERAL ELECTIONS

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

GRAND TURK

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PRESS RELEASEPROTOCOLS/GUIDELINES FOR VOTING DURING GENERAL ELECTIONS

 

The Public is hereby notified that the Elections Office along with the Ministry of Health are working towards finalizing COVID-19 protocols/guidelines to guide Electors, candidates and poll workers during the General Election to be held on 19th February 2021.

These protocols/guidelines will be based on the establish Public and Environmental Health (CVOID-19) Regulations made under the Public and Environmental Health Ordinance.

 

Speaking on the on protocols/guidelines the Supervisor of Elections stated that, “The team is working very hard to complete this work so that the public can read and be aware of the process for voting during this Covid-19 pandemic”. The Supervisor of Elections went on to say that, “Voting is a person’s constitutional right. We have to make sure that we capture all persons who are eligible to vote no matter their condition, so we are making sure we capture all the necessary health and safety measures to protect our Poll workers and the public while voting”.

 

The protocols/guidelines are in the process of consultation now and will be published as soon as possible.

 

Lister Dudley Lewis
Supervisor of Elections

Shark Research with Global Reach in Turks and Caicos Islands

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Shark Research with Global Reach in Turks and Caicos Islands

 

For two weeks in January and February, a field research team from Beneath the Waves, a USA-based NGO, is in Turks and Caicos Islands. The team, under Dr Austin Gallagher, is carrying out marine fieldwork for the project Diversity, Occurrence, and Habitat Use of Large Sharks in the TCI.

 

The project will be investigating the wild habits of large sharks including tiger sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and nurse sharks, to name a few. Included in the studies are habitat use through baited remote camera systems, sampling and sequencing seawater for shark environmental DNA, shark behaviour and use of TCI Exclusive Economic Zone tracking and imaging technology, and aerial drone surveys to study interactions between large sharks and other large marine life.

 

The baited remote cameras will reveal information about depths sharks prefer and where they hunt. Sampling seawater for shark environmental DNA is a developing technique that takes advantage of the biotic material all living organisms shed into their environments, which includes their own genetic fingerprints. Two different types of satellite tracking tags will be attached to sharks (with time-degrading attachments that allow them to fall away when no longer active) to find out what areas they frequent and how far they travel. Remote observation using drones will allow the sharks interactions with other marine animals, like sea turtles and whales, so we can better understand their role in the megafauna community.

 

Beneath the Waves research generates data vital to DECR’s work on shark protection and management in TCI. Dr Gallagher’s team, with DECR, will host an online Facebook live session about their work and experiences (Tuesday 02 February 2021, 6:30pm, on the DECR’s Environmental Outreach and Education Facebook Group).

 

Lormeka Williams, DECR Director stated, “It’s a pleasure to have Dr Gallagher and his research team back in TCI, especially during these challenging times. I look forward to learning about the team’s discoveries. Sharks are vital to the health of our reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove habitats, and fisheries, and as we learn about these marine neighbours, we will be better equipped to protect them and their habitats.” It is envisioned that Dr Gallagher’s team will return several times this year to carry out the research work.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – LIST OF NOMINATED CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2021

 
   

 

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
GRAND TURK, TCI

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January 30, 2021

 

PRESS RELEASELIST OF NOMINATED CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2021

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT     01    GRAND TURK NORTH

  1. Otis Chuck Morris                                                                                                                    PNP
  2. Temard Rudardo Butterfield                                                                                               PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  02    GRAND TURK SOUTH

  1. Edwin Astwood                                                                                                                        PDM
  2. Leshun Sebastian Missick                                                                                                      PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  03    SOUTH CAICOS

  1. John Jamael Malcolm                                                                                                             PNP
  2. Patrease Thomas                                                                                                                     PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  04    MIDDLE AND NORTH CAICOS

  1. Ralph Lewis Higgs                                                                                                                     PDM
  2. Arlington Alexander Musgrove                                                                                          PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  05    LEEWARD, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Gertrude Forbes                                                                                                                      PDM
  2. Akierra Missick                                                                                                                          PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  06    THE BIGHT, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Matthew Timothy Stubbs                                                                                                     PNP
  2. Audric Skippings                                                                                                                       PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT   07    RICHMOND HILL & CHESHIRE HALL, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Douglas Parlell                                                                                                                           PDM
  2. Samuel Ernest Been                                                                                                                PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  08    BLUE HILLS, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Randy Dexter Howell                                                                                                              PNP
  2. Goldray Ewing                                                                                                                           PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  09    FIVE CAYS, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Sean R. Astwood                                                                                                                      PDM
  2. Rachel Marshall Taylor                                                                                                           PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  10    WHEELAND, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Kyle Knowles                                                                                                                             PNP
  2. Vaden Delroy Williams                                                                                                           PDM

 

ALL ISLAND DISTRICT

  1. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson                                                                                            PDM
  2. Hugh Derek Taylor                                                                                                                   PDM
  3. Karen Evadne Malcolm                                                                                                          PDM
  4. Robert A. Been                                                                                                                         PDM
  5. Maxovonno Thomas                                                                                                               PDM
  6. Charles Washington Missick                                                                                                PNP
  7. Jamell Rayan Robionson                                                                                                       PNP
  8. Erwin Jay Saunders                                                                                                                 PNP
  9. Josephine Olivia Connolly                                                                                                     PNP
  10. Shaun David Malcolm                                                                                                             PNP
  11. George Lightbourne                                                                                                                IND
  12. Jermain Richardson Fulford                                                                                                 IND
  13. Lekensay K. D. Missick                                                                                                            IND
  14. Lucky Shemock Forbes                                                                                                          IND
  15. Jacqueline Almartha Lightbourne                                                                                      IND
  16. Courtney Mancur Missick                                                                                                     IND
  17. Alicia Kaye Swann                                                                                                                    IND
  18. Winston McLaughlin                                                                                                               PDA                                                                                                                              

                                                               

 

Lister Dudley Lewis

Supervisor of Elections

Ministry of Health and Elections Office (COVID-19) Standard Operation Procedures Guidelines for Nomination Day 2021

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

Ministry of Health and Elections Office (COVID-19) Standard Operation Procedures Guidelines for Nomination Day 2021

These Guidelines are issued by the Ministry of Health and the Supervisor of Elections in accordance with regulation 18 of the Public and Environmental Health (COVID-19)(Control Measures) Regulations 2021.

The existence of COVID -19 in the Turks and Caicos Islands has given rise to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, guided by the Ministry of Health, taking all the necessary precautions to keep residents of, and visitors to, the jurisdiction safe.  While there are measures currently in place that stipulate that residents and visitors are not to congregate in large numbers, particularly at social and other gatherings, the Turks and Caicos Islands up-coming General Election will compel a rethink of how this important event can be undertaken without compromising the health of electors, election office staff and poll workers.  The primary protocols, as promoted by the Health Ministry - social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing – must be rigidly adhered to in order to minimize the spread of the virus.

Hence, the following minimum health protocols for all candidates, Elections Office staff and Returning Officers in the Turks and Caicos Islands are to be implemented.  These minimum health protocols are not a limit on those additional protocols that individuals may choose to adopt.  Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety, not only of themselves but also that of persons that they come into contact with.

To mitigate the threat of contracting the virus, everyone must rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate the safety measures for candidates, electors, and the Elections Office staff.  The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities; it can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or none of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chills
  • repeated shaking, with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhea
  • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

It is recognized, and appreciated, that public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation.  Individuals should stay informed and take the necessary precautions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health, and support economic revitalization.

The TCI will be holding nomination day on 29th January 2021. There is a current surge in positive cases of COVID19 across the islands in the TCI affecting the islands of Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos and South Caicos. Extra caution should be taken in order to avoid these events becoming a further opportunity for disease spread during this time.

It is essential that procedures are implemented in order to ensure that these activities can be carried out in the safest possible manner in light of the risks outlined so that the event can be conducted in a way to mitigate against risks to all participants.

Additionally, COVID19 can spread through person to person interactions as well as contact with contaminated items.

General Instructions [1] for the Place of Nomination:

  1. Upon entering a place of nomination, candidates must wash or disinfect both  Also, they must wash or disinfect both hands after any interaction with elections office workers, agents, or other individuals at the location.
  2. Hand sanitizer will be provided; and used to disinfect hands before entering and on leaving the
  3. The wearing of a mask/face covering in public is mandatory so ALL candidates MUST wear a mask/face covering (over both the nose and mouth) while at the location, and when within six feet of another person.  If available, individuals should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
  4. Measures should be in place to ensure that there is no overcrowding outside the venue and no public gatherings of persons not required to be present at the place of nomination, which may pose a public health risk.

Instructions for candidates and persons at the Place of Nomination:

  1. All candidates must comply with all Public and Environmental Health (Covid 19)Regulations in effect on Nomination Day.
  2. Each political party or independent candidate must consider the absolutely minimum number of candidates and other registered electors required to participate in the Nomination of a Candidate at the Place of Nomination with a view to limiting the number of persons at the location and otherwise traveling with or participating to only those persons required to be present to meet statutory requirements.
  3. Social distancing must be strictly adhered to whether inside or outside of a building at the place of nomination.
  4. Face coverings must be worn at all times.
  5. Proper and frequent hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette must be observed.
  6. Carpooling to venue must be avoided and where more than one person is in a car, windows should be open to create airflow and face coverings should be used to reduce the risk of infection
  7. Use of virtual platforms should be considered to limit the number of persons present.
  8. Implement measures to ensure that members who may be considered a part of the vulnerable group take extra precautions to limit risks.
  9. Prospective Candidates who are COVID19 positive, especially persons who are symptomatic of COVID19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, headache or loss of sense of taste/smell) and persons who are in quarantine under a quarantine Order are advised to remain in quarantine to mitigate against the risk of disease spread.
  10. Prospective Candidates who fall within paragraph 9 above who wish to remain in quarantine should arrange for a designated representative who is not in quarantine to deliver their nomination documents to the Returning Officer instead of appearing in person (lowest risk option).
  11. Should a candidate who falls within paragraph 9 above decide to appear at the place of nomination, in person, additional measures are required to be taken in order to prevent risk to others, including fellow candidates, electors, Elections Office workers and the general public:

Controlled arrangements for in person nomination with the candidate to include:

  1. doning full PPE prior to leaving quarantine and until returning to quarantine;
  2. taking the most direct route to the location;
  3. use of personal vehicle with windows open to facilitate proper ventilation;
  4. use of KN95 face masks at all times;
  5. use of gloves and other personal protective equipment;
  6. minimize time at venue with strict adherence to social distancing of 6 feet and proper ventilation and return to quarantine via the most direct route from site;
  7. no one from outside of the same household should be inside the vehicle with the candidate;

frequent hand hygiene is also needed.

[1] N.B. Health Protocols for Election Office Staff and Election Officials as well as venues – are set out in another protocol which should be followed.

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