Some 72,484 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the general election slated for December 8, according to the Electoral Commission.
The Commission also said a supplementary list shows a total of 2,895 new voters registered durng the October 1, 2014 to November 6, 2014.
“The Electors List which will be used for the General Elections scheduled for December 8, 2014, shall constitute the names of registered electors on the Preliminary List, numbering 69,589 persons and the above-mentioned Supplementary List,” it said on Tuesday. “The Electors List of persons eligible to vote in the elections, therefore totals 72, 484. The Electoral Office received a few Notices of Objections and these are being dealt with in accordance with the law.”
According to the Commission, “The Electors List reflects the fact that Dominica’s elections laws provide for continuous registration and strict procedures as to the manner in which any registered elector may be removed from the register.The Commission has over the years, through the Electoral Office, succeeded in removing from the register, the names of deceased registered electors whose deaths have been confirmed through the Civil Registry and/or due inquiry and investigation.”
Additionally, the Electoral Commission said, it “has repeatedly advised the public of the need to utilize the objections procedure stipulated by law in order to initiate the process by which names of ineligible persons may be deleted.”
The Commission said it will begin a “Voter Education Programme” leading up to the December 8 elections.
This campaign will include the broadcasting of its “Elections Corner” programme in both English and Creole, on radio stations in the State, as well as its publication in the print media,” it said. “Additionally, a video presentation produced with the cooperation of the Government Information Service will be broadcasted on both television stations. This television production highlights the voting process and introduces the new ballot boxes which will be used for the first time in the upcoming General Elections. The Commission is also in the process of updating the website and Facebook pages of the Electoral Office in order to provide relevant statistics, as well as general information to the public in preparation for the elections.”
Nomination Day for the general election will be on Wednesday, November 19.