Turks and Caicos celebrates GIS Day, 2017

Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Culture & Gaming 

The Survey and Mapping Department (SMD), in collaboration with the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) will be celebrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, 2017.

GIS Day, which falls on the 15th of November and was started in 1999, provides an international forum for users of GIS technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. In the TCI it is aimed at practical applications, developing knowledge and skills in the field and exposing the youth to an exciting and rewarding career path.

“The past few months has been extremely challenging for us as a country, as such, this year’s event titled “Discovering our World: Unleashing the Possibilities, Making a Difference” seeks to establish the need for a greater understanding of the spatial environment, as well as to demonstrate the use of this powerful tool called ArcGIS,” said Cyprian Smith, Director of Survey and Mapping. “As we strive to amalgamate spatially referenced data maintained within the public and private sectors, GIS Day 2017 will exhibit how spatial analytical tools can be used to analyze patterns and to derive possible solutions to real world problems at the click of a button.”

“In addition to demonstrating the use of ArcGIS, this year, we are seeking to attract students and other young professionals to GIS as a viable career option and the possibility of a new market within the TCI.”

A workshop, themed ‘Discovering the World: Unleashing the Possibilities, Making a Difference’ is to be held on November 16th at the Fortis TCI Conference facilities, Providenciales from 10am to 3pm, with the Honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson as the event’s keynote speaker. Various public and private organisations, as well as local high schools, have been invited to attend with the opportunity to discover and explore the benefits of GIS on a local, regional and international scale.

Should you be interested in learning more about GIS as support tool or a possible career, please do not hesitate to contact the Survey and Mapping Department at (649) 338-2608 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .






Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Dudley Lewis has advised that the Turks and Caicos Islands Register of Electors is currently being updated and a new Register to be published on March 31, 2018.

Individuals who are not on the current register but who wish to be included in the new Register of Electors will have until November 30, 2017 to contact the Elections Office with the relevant documentation.

Registration for the Register of Electors is an ongoing process, however, in accordance with the Elections Ordinance, an updated Register is due on March 31 in each year.

Mr. Lewis stated; “Persons are encouraged to apply to be included on the Register, particularly those who have turned 17 years old since 1st March 2017, also those persons who are over 18 and did not apply to join previous registers.”

“Eligible voters on the present Register of Electors do not need to re-apply to be included in the new one. They will be automatically included unless they notify the Elections Office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet the eligibility criteria. This includes being resident in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for at least 12 out of 24 months”.

The Elections Supervisor advises that his office will await the approval of applicants TC Islander status by the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services before he will consider approving applications to add names to the Electors List and Register of Electors.

Potential new Electors should complete the required voter registration application form and those who have already obtained the Status Card, but did not submit an application form are encouraged to prepare and submit it during this process.

Persons are also advised that if you do not register your name will not be added to the Preliminary List or Register for 2018.

Application forms for inclusion to the TCI Register of Electors may be collected from the temporary Elections Office located at the Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, South Base, Grand Turk, Elections Office, Providenciales, Butterfield Square and the District Commissioner’s Officers in Salt Cay, South Caicos, Middle Caicos (Conch Bar) and North Caicos (Bottle Creek).

The relocation of the elections office in Grand Turk is as a result of severe damages sustained during the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Lewis added; “I regret any inconvenience the re-location has caused but encourage persons to register.”

For further information on the electoral registration process, please contact the Temporary Elections Office, Grand Turk (Telephone 946-2558 or 1 649-338-2302) or Supervisor on Telephone 946-342-5328 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or Providenciales Elections Office (Telephone 1-649-338-4681).

For information on the verification of TC Islander status and the issuing of TC Islander Status Cards, please contact Ministry of Border Control and employment Services.


Lister Dudley Lewis

Supervisor of Elections


The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services wish to advise the public that the Department of Education and the Department of Sport have relocated to the former Treasury and Revenue Control office in the Town Centre Mall, Butterfield Square, Providenciales. The hours of operation for the Departments remain unchanged. 

In addition, the Department of Sport would also like to inform the public, particularly our Sporting Groups, that the following facilities: Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex, the downtown Ball Park and the National Stadium, are closed until further notice.  

The  facilities are closed because the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex is being used to house the Oseta Jolly Primary School; the downtown Ball Park and the National Stadium are closed to facilitate repair works.

The Department of Sports apologizes for any inconvenience these closures may cause. 

For further information, please contact the Department of Sport at:

Telephone #: 338-7703/4/5/7 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Sports and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Education.