by Linda Straker
As of 30 June 2017, there are more than 73,000 persons on the Consolidated Voter’s List, and the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) wants people to examine the list and file objections where necessary.
“The general public is hereby informed that the Current Consolidated Voter’s List as at June 30, 2017 is now published for inspection, the raising of claims, objections and revision. This process is for seven (7) days from July 7 to 14, 2017,” said a statement from the PEO which advised that the List can be found in each Constituency at Post Offices, Police Stations, Medical Stations, Parliamentary Elections Constituency Offices and other public places.
The names of registered persons are also available on the PEO website by using the search area and it will provide the name of persons with the polling station for voting.
The statement further explained that request for alterations or corrections of any error in the name, address, Polling Division of any registered person should be submitted to the Registration Officer of the Constituency on or before 14 July 2017.
“Everyone and particularly those who registered, are advised to inspect the list to ensure that his or her name is properly included. The list should also be checked to establish whether there is any name included in it that should not be there,” said the statement.
A general election is constitutionally due no later than mid-2018. The Consolidated List is generated quarterly. Objections and alterations can take the form of changes to name as a result of marriage or divorce, change to place of residence and correction of information such as wrong spelling of names.
Alex Phillip, Supervisor of Elections has confirmed that returning officers and other relevant staff at the PEO are currently undertaking various training as the period for general election approaches.
That was revealed in answers provided to Labour Senator Raymond Roberts who had inquired about the state of readiness of the PEO for a general election, following the recent changes to Returning Officers. The questions were submitted in the Upper House and answered provided by Leader of Government Business, Senator Simon Stiell.