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Public Notice: Voter Registration Drive in San Salvador
Jan 11, 2017 - 12:50:48 PM

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Department of Local Government

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE SAN SALVADOR DISTRICT, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY & SAN SALVADOR CONSTITUENCY

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

Registration of Voters for the upcoming 2017 General Election continues daily in the San Salvador District of the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Constituency, at the Administrator’s Office, Cockburn Town, from 9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, and throughout the District as follows:

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Administrator’s Office, Rum Cay

9:30pm to 2:00pm

Every Monday & Friday, from 9 Jan. 2017

Idell Jones Hall, Cockburn Town

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Every Wednesday, from 11 Jan. 2017

San Salvador High School, United Estates

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Requirements to Register as a Voter

To be entitled to be registered as a voter, a person must be:

(a)      A citizen of The Bahamas of full age (i.e. 18 years or older), and not subject to any legal incapacity; and

(b)      Must have been, during the entire period of three (3) months preceding that day, ordinarily resident in premises in that constituency.

Documentary Requirements

Pursuant to Section 20(1)(a)(i), persons who had formerly been registered, but who are not on the current Register, are required to bring their 2012 Voter’s Card in order to be registered. However, persons may be required to produce reasonable evidence, whether documentary or otherwise, as the Revising Officer shall consider necessary, to prove that they are qualified to be registered.

All persons registering for the first time are required under Section 19(1)(a)(ii) of the Parliamentary Elections Act to produce for the Revising Officer a Bahamian Passport OR a Birth Certificate (or a Baptismal Certificate in lieu thereof). Note that the Revising Officer may also require other evidence, documentary or otherwise, to prove that the applicant is qualified to be registered as a voter. For example, if the applicant is relying on a Birth Certificate, the Revising Officer may require evidence of the citizenship and birth of either or both parents, and applicants relying on Birth Certificates issued after 10 July 1973, should produce either their mother’s Bahamian Passport OR Birth Certificate.

Transfer

A registered voter who has moved to a new place of residence over the past three (3) months ought to provide some documentary evidence of his/her change of address in order to apply for a transfer to the new address. Applications for transfers shall be made to the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner on Farrington Road, at the Parliamentary Registration Department in the NIB Building in Freeport, and at the Office of the District Administrator in each Family Island.

An applicant, who only possesses an Affidavit of birth, ought to apply to the Passport Office for his/her Bahamian Passport as evidence (proof) of Bahamian citizenship.

Gilbert Kemp Administrator, Rum Cay & San Salvador District 9 January 2017

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