An Update for Special Voters
We as the NDC believe that Special Voters are crucial to smooth and successful elections, and we are so grateful for their service. Some special voters have experienced challenges this week. We wish to ensure the people that there have been remedies put in place to address the challenges faced this week. Please read below for our update for special voters.
The Electoral Commission has announced that Special Voting will be continued on Sunday 4 December 2016.
These difficulties have highlighted the vital need for effective voter education, as in numerous cases it has been established that the Special Voters affected did not follow the correct procedures to ensure they could cast their vote this week.
The following background information may be helpful.
- Special Voters may only vote in the constituency in which they are registered.
- If this differs from the constituency in which they are stationed on voting day, they were accorded an opportunity to transfer their registration to the constituency in which they will be deployed.
- Many voters it seems did not take advantage of this transfer window.
- In addition, some security agencies did not submit a list of officers to take part in Special Voting and thus these voters were not included in the Special Voters list.
Extension of Special Voting: Make Sure You Get Your Chance To Vote
- If you DID transfer your registration, and your name appears on the Special Voters List, but were not able to vote on 1 December, you WILL be allowed to vote on 4 December
- If you did not transfer your registration, but your name DOES appear on the Special Voters List, you will be allowed to vote on 4 December, but ONLY in in the constituency in which you are already registered.
- 4 December will not be an opportunity to transfer your registration.
- If your name is NOT on the Special Voters List, you will not able to vote on 4 December
- If your name is NOT on the Special Voters List, you will still be able to vote on 7 December, provided you can travel to the consistency in which you were originally registered.
- For this reason, the Commission is urging security agencies to deploy affected people in areas close to the polling stations in which they are registered, to allow them to vote on 7 December
- If your name IS on the Special Voters List, it will be legally included on the Absent Voters List at your original polling station. Your barcode will be deactivated and you will be unable to vote on 7 December.
Our security and election officials are so important to our voting process. We must ensure that they all have the chance to exercise their democratic right to vote, and carry out their vital duties of keeping our elections safe and secure.
For full details on the Extension of Special Voting, Electoral Commission’s website here.