Electoral Office appoints five new Assistant Registering Officers

Chief Elections Officer Ian Michael Anthony with new Assistant Registering Officers Kelma Warrington (middle) and Sasha Darroux (right)

The Electoral Office of Dominica is pleased to announce the appointment of five (5) new Assistant Registering Officers.

The appointments were made pursuant to Registration of Electors Act (Chap. 2:03) of the Laws of Dominica and will be retroactive as of July 1, 2018.

The five new officers join Registering Officers in all 21 constituencies, and their Assistant Registering Officers, in playing a pivotal role in the electoral process, serving as the primary point of contact for prospective electors, persons seeking to change their polling districts and also providing the Electoral Office with information regarding deaths within their particular district, which allows for regular updating of the register of electors.

Chief Elections Officer Ian Michael Anthony said, “The appointment of Registering and Assistant Registering Officers, under the Registration of Electors Act is very essential to the whole process of registration, transfers and of those officers reporting on deaths. And so the commission has appointed several officers in those capacities.”

Mr Anthony believes that it is in the public interest to make persons aware of whom the Registering and Assistant Registering Officers are in their district and constituency and that even if it was not traditionally done, a list of those officers, those who are new and those who have been officers previously, should be made available to the public.

“We normally would not publish the entire list of officers, except for those newly appointed persons. However, we are making a departure from the norm and we are going to very soon publish the names of all our Registering and Assistant Registering Officers as well as their respective polling districts,” Mr Anthony said.

He added, “That way, the general public will know exactly who they should contact, [and] in what area, where they need to.”

Preliminary Electors List
The preliminary registers of electors for 2018 have been posted for public viewing in every polling district in the State and can be inspected at the homes of the Assistant Registering Officers in each respective polling district, during reasonable hours.

Electors are requested to inspect the list and to bring any discrepancy they identify, to the attention of the Registering Officer for the constituency, the Assistant Registering Officer for the polling district, or the electoral office at Jewel Street, Roseau by October 29, 2018.

Objections and Claims
Objections to the inclusion of a person’s name in the register of electors for a polling district may be made by any person registered in that polling district.

The objection must be on the prescribed form, in the objector’s own handwriting. Where the objector is unable to write, the form must be filled in the handwriting of the witness.

Persons eighteen (18) years of age or over, who are otherwise qualified are entitled to have their names included in the Revised Annual Lists.

Forms can be obtained from the Registering or Assistant Registering Officers for the constituency or polling districts, respectively.

Objections or claims must be made to the Registering Officers, no later than November 19, 2018, so that amendments where necessary can be reflected in the Revised Annual List, to be published November 30, 2018.

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4 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    October 10, 2018

    Unless the consequential reforms suggested by the OAS and the Commonwealth are implemented, no amount of new personnel at the electoral office will make any significant difference to the much maligned, corrupt electoral system in Dominica. Only a shady, rotten, nefarious government will obstinately resist meaningful reforms to the electoral system that give no advantage to any political party. Skerrit presides over a renegade government.

  2. First things First
    October 10, 2018

    Luke 5:33–39: Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. There is also a passage in Matt. 7:17 that says “If the tree is corrupt, i.e., rotten or decayed at the core, it cannot bring forth good fruit.” If there is falseness in the head expect falseness through out. The chairman of Election, Gerald Burton MUST GO, because of what he has allowed and the way he has allowed Skerrit to still elections. Dominicans that want a better country have no confidence in the man holding such an important office!

    • RandyX
      October 12, 2018

      You are absolutely right. Once again this corrupt government is trying to fool the citizens of Dominica.

  3. %
    October 10, 2018

    Ian we want voters ID card and a cleansing of the bloated list.When are we going to see you talking about that?Dominica is probably the only country in the Commonwealth going to the polls without Voter ID card ..Shame on all of all you in that office …No wonder the Commonwealth Election Observer Team stated that election 2014 was not fair ..I am prepared to stand up to see to it that the next general election is a fair one,especially as this wicked PM is already slated to lose.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

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