Electoral Commission Consulted by Cabinet on Voter I.D Card Renewal and Re-registration

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CABINET NOTES: The Cabinet invited the Chair, Deputy Chair of Antigua & Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC), the Supervisor of Elections and 3 other officials of the Commission to its meeting in order to further discussions on the renewal of cards and re-registration.

 ABEC reported that a meeting was held with officials of the main opposition political party who expressed a preference for re-registration.

While the process of renewal or re-registration is likely to be very much the same, the re-registration will require documentation by the elector to prove residency and eligibility.

The Cabinet agreed that intervention by the Parliament will very likely be required, since large sums of money would have to be voted-on to purchase new blank cards and new equipment since the existing equipment from 2014 is now 10 years old.

The Cabinet also examined the issue of boundary changes for the 16 constituencies in Antigua. 

 It was agreed that boundary changes, if they are to achieve greater equality among the constituencies, must take place following re-registration and the number of electors in each constituency is known.

The two major political parties are therefore in agreement on the way forward.

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