ABEC reiterates the integrity of the Transfer Process following statements made by PM Browne

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Thursday 20th April 2023: The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) wishes to dispel any allegations being hurled at the Commission as it relates to the Transfer Process.

This follows statements made by the Hon. Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for the St. John’s City West Constituency, the Hon. Gaston Browne on the “Browne and Browne” radio show on Saturday 15th April 2023.

The Commission aired its concerns at its meeting on Wednesday 19th April, 2023 and believes that it is critical for persons to understand how the transfer process works and overall the integrity of the procedures carried out by its officers.

The Commission wishes to reiterate that if a person has moved from one area (constituency) to another and resides at that new address for six months and over, the law (Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2002, section (6) dictates that the applicant seeks a transfer of the registration.

This application for transfer may be done at the Registration Unit in the new Constituency of residence or the former one, where the registration initially took place.

At the Registration Unit, applicants will indicate to ABEC’s Registration Personnel, that they are seeking an application to be transferred in the new constituency.

Persons may be asked a number of questions to further validate the process such as proof of address and contact information. Please note that residency verification may also take place (this process also involves the SCRUTINEERS – representatives from both political parties.

The necessary paperwork will then be compiled and the applicant will be given a receipt of the application. The application will then be submitted to the Head Office for further processing. The applicant is advised to secure the receipt, which must be presented upon receiving a call from the Head Office.

The application is then published on The List C (persons who no longer qualify to be on the register in a said constituency or whose information has been altered).

The List C is published monthly and forms part of the claims and objections period for the particular month (31 days), after the last day of the registration for the previous month.

After the Claims and Objections period has ended, once there are no objections to the application for transfer, the elector will be called by the Head Office to complete the process, which will be validated with the applicant’s fingerprint.

The elector’s name will then appear on the publication of the next Preliminary List or the Register of Electors.

ABEC welcomes the interest displayed by the public in all processes involved in electoral matters and is committed to protecting and advancing the cause for democracy in Antigua and Barbuda.

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