Chief Electoral Officer Says Only Deceased Removed from List of Registered Voters

Chief Electoral Officer, Angela Taylor (right) clarifying the deletion of names from the Register of Electors. At left is Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Ian Browne. (Photo Credit: S.Medford/BGIS)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday May 16, 2018
– Amid reports that hundreds of names have been deleted from the voters list ahead of the Mary 24 general elections in Barbados, Chief Electoral Officer Angela Taylor has insisted that only deceased persons have been removed from the list.

And she said the process required when deleting those persons is being followed.

“We have to publish the names that we intend to delete; we have to give members of the public four weeks to get back to us and say if there is any reason why we shouldn’t delete [a name].  We correct any errors that we might have made and then we print the list of persons who we have deleted,” Taylor explained.

In addition, the Chief Electoral Officer said there were people who may have changed their address but were not yet registered in their new constituency, and they are still being investigated.

“When persons register or make amendments to their registration, such as change of address, we have our registering officers go out into the constituency and do the investigations, which comprises confirming that they are living at the address and confirming exactly which constituency, depending on the boundary lines and exactly which polling district, they are living in,” Taylor explained.

She added that persons who have not submitted a form but are registered at their current address would have presented themselves to the Electoral and Boundaries Commission at some point.

“When a person loses their ID card and they come to replace it we ask ‘what’s your address?’ and if it is what we have on the system it stays. If you give us something different we will update your record,” Taylor noted.

The updated Register of Electors will be published and printed on Friday.

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