ABEC Backtracks on Voter Re-registration Decision; UPP Considers Challenge in Court

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ABEC Reverses Voter Re-registration Decision; UPP Plans Court Challenge

Source Real Nesw: The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) has reversed its decision to conduct a complete re-registration of voters, opting instead for a voter identification card replacement program. This change, effective August 12, 2024, aligns with the preference of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

ABEC’s initial plan for re-registration aimed to address the expiration of voter ID cards in March 2024, affecting over 40,000 residents. However, ABEC announced in a news release toda that replacing the expired cards would better serve the electoral process.

In response, the United Progressive Party (UPP) announced its intention to challenge ABEC’s decision in court. During a General Council meeting on May 19, UPP members voted to oppose the reversal, citing concerns about voter list integrity and alleged voter transfers by Prime Minister Browne.

The UPP also launched a legal team and defense fund to support their challenge.

Prime Minister Browne argued that re-registration would be too costly and time-consuming, but the UPP maintains that the estimated EC $2.5 million cost is necessary to ensure fair elections.

The possible legal battle highlights ongoing tensions in Antigua and Barbuda’s efforts to uphold democratic processes.

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