By Marion V. Ali
As is the norm with every election, whether general or municipal, there are a list of do’s and don’ts for Election Day, and enforcement for the November fourth general elections will be no different.
The Election and Boundaries Commission will ensure that people abide by the rules, which include no selling of liquor during voting hours, and no active campaigning within the 100-yard line at polling stations.
Before the big day, however, will be Nomination Day, set for Friday, October 16. A press release from the Government’s Press Office states that nominations of persons contesting the elections will be received between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on that day at the various nomination centers throughout the country.
For Election Day, November fourth, polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. after which counting will take place. This means that only those persons who were already in the line at the time the polls close will be allowed to cast their votes.
A release from the Government’s Press Office quotes section 57(1) of the Representation of the People Registration Rules which states:
“The persons entitled to vote at the election of a divisional representative shall be those persons whose names appear on the register for that division as existing on the Nomination Day.”
The release further states that only the names of persons who were registered on or prior to September 10, 2015 will appear on the register and are eligible to vote in the elections.
It explains that persons who applied to be registered after September 10, 2015 would not have gone through the process required by law by Nomination Day.
The registers for the electoral divisions are posted at the Elections and Boundaries offices throughout the country and people are advised to visit these offices and check the register before Election Day.