PRESS RELEASE – CANDIDATES NOMINATION FORMS AND DECLARATIONS OF ELIGIBILITY PUBLISHED

 

 

 

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

 

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

GRAND TURK, TCI 

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January 30, 2021 

 

PRESS RELEASECANDIDATES NOMINATION FORMS AND DECLARATIONS OF ELIGIBILITY PUBLISHED 

The Supervisor of Elections Lister Dudley Lewis has published the completed nomination and declaration forms for candidates who have put themselves forward for the General Election on February 19, 2021. 

 

The thirty-eight (38) nominees including eighteen (18) “All Island” Independent candidates were duly nominated on Friday, January 29, 2021, according to the legal requirements, and the list of nominees published. 

 

The declarations submitted to the Supervisor has now been published and the list available for viewing on the government website www.gov.tc/elections/   

 

Under Section 50(2) of the Constitution the Supervisor is required to publish the declarations to allow for public scrutiny. 

 

The Constitution also make provision for members of the public and the Attorney General to challenge any of the nominated individuals regarding their eligibility. 

 

 

Lister Dudley Lewis 

Supervisor of Elections 

 

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DECR observes World Wetlands Day 2021

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NEWS RELEASE

 

DECR observes World Wetlands Day 2021

 

Today marks World Wetlands Day, an important day in the DECR’s green calendar! This year’s theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,’ highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss.

 

The Turks & Caicos Islands are fortunate to sport some of the world’s most pristine wetlands in the region, that are important habitats to resident and migratory bird species, juvenile shark and sea turtle, provide important habitats for economically significant fish species and serve as in important barrier protecting the islands from severe weather conditions and flooding.

 

Each year the DECR, with the hard work and dedication of the Clement Howell High School, and British West Indies Collegiate, clean up our wetlands and plant red mangrove propagules in areas where urban development has taken its toll. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, the DECR will not be banding together with the Islands’ eco warriors to clean up and re-plant around these areas. The Department would like to encourage the public, however, to get out into nature and explore and enjoy this precious habitat while walking, kayaking, or paddle boarding!

 

“Wetlands and mangroves are the perfect place for young people to get fresh air and discover the intricate lives lived by the little creatures that call them home!” stated Amy Avenant, DECR’s Environmental Outreach Coordinator.

 

Please remember to keep these important habitats clean and pristine!

 

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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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news release

 

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

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