ANNOUNCEMENT: Electoral Office requirements for registration

Chief Elections officer Ian Michael Anthony

Audio clip from Electoral Office, full text is below


The Electoral Office of Dominica informs the general public that a critical component of any claim for registration is the residency requirement.

The Registration of Electors Act (Chap. 2:03) requires that any citizen of Dominica who submits a claim for registration, must have been living in the polling district in which they intend to register for at least three (3) months prior to the date of registration.

For Commonwealth member state citizens, the requirement is that they be resident in Dominica for at least twelve (12) months and in the particular polling district in which they want to register for at least three (3) months prior to registration.

These conditions must be met when registering along with the age, required by the act as 18 or over, and citizenship. Electors must be citizens of either Dominica or any other Commonwealth Member State.

We also want to make it clear that Electors can only be registered in one polling district at a time.

We are encouraged by the recent influx of claims for registration as an elector, which is an important part of our democracy and the electoral process. We also we urge persons to desist from making any false claims.

We admonish those persons who knowingly make false statements for the purpose of being registered as an elector. The public is reminded that any person who does this is by law guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1500.00 or to imprisonment for three months.

The Electoral Office and Registering Officers have increased their vigilence to guard against any such instances and the office will work with Law Enforcement authorities to give effect to the provisions of the law.

We urge the public to be guided accordingly and commend our officers at the Electoral Office and around Dominica who have been diligent in carrying out their function.


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  1. 小帕
    May 1, 2019

    If an elector can be from any commonwealth nation. All they’d need to do is to stay in Dominica for a period of 12 months and in any polling district for 3 months before they can vote, then this means that even former British colonies like India who’s still part of the commonwealth can vote in Dominica’s elections. Well well well. Look sot. Seems we’re really not a real country. I mean almost anyone can vote in our elections. That just seems like a deliberate loophole created by some powerful individual(s) to keep a particular government in power by using outside influences.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 29, 2019

     “Electors Act (Chap. 2:03) requires that any citizen of Dominica who submits a claim for registration, must have been living in the polling district in which they intend to register for at least three (3) months prior to the date of registration.

    “We know that; we all are not dumb!Nevertheless; can you tell us if that same ” chapter: 2:03″ have anything to say about the dead people’s name existing on the voting list for decades?

     Can you tell us if there is a chapter in the electoral act in which the ramification prohibits the ruling party from bribing people with food and money to vote for them?

    Can you tell us where it states that the ruling government should not have their ambassadors, and  other residence, some of them illegal here  recruiting  and  paying them to return home to vote?

  3. carlty
    April 29, 2019

    DNO, a recommendation: Maybe you can post an article with the related acts covering election so that persons are aware of the rules governing elections in Dominica. This will allow them to have a better view and understanding of the process and develop their own opinions on the process.

  4. jaded
    April 29, 2019

    So if I am not a citizen of Dominica but I am a citizen of Grenada, you mean I am eligible to vote in Dominica?!! You mean that citizenship in Dominica is not required to vote??

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