All systems are ‘go’ for by-election in St. Mary’s South, Supervisor Hughes assures voters


REAL NEWS –  Monday, October 9, is Nomination Day in the St. Mary’s South constituenc, and everything related to the exercise is in place, says Supervisor of Elections Ian Hughes.

He says the candidates have a 10-hour window in which to complete the process, as required by law.

The Supervisor reports that the returning officer, Denise Parker, is ready for the day’s activity, which will see all the contenders, including Kelvin “Shugy” Simon, the United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate, being nominated by 10 individuals.

Hughes says the returning officer has already touched base with the candidates, notifying them that she will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, and in which building at the Bolans Primary School the process will be held.

Of the 10 persons taking part in the nomination exercise, there must be a proposer, a seconder, and eight other individuals known as assenters.

All must be residents of the constituency, with their names appearing on the voter’s register in order to qualify.

Meanwhile, addressing the claims and objections period for persons wishing to get onto the final Register for Elections, Hughes advises that this process ended on Tuesday, October 3.

However, the Supervisor adds that persons who requested a transfer cannot vote in the constituency in which they are seeking to be transferred unless they have met the follow conditions:

They must be notified to come in to the offices of the Electoral Commission – located upstairs the Passport Office on Queen Elizabeth Highway – where they will go through the completion process, which includes unlocking the database by way of their fingerprint.

Last Saturday, September 30, Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced October 24 as the by-election date to fill the seat in the Lower House vacated by Simon.

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  1. Democracy is in full gear in Antigua as far as the electoral process. No one should be making false allegations about the process. Full stop 🛑.
    Where there are corrupt activities taking place is political party or parties five bribes or handouts for votes. Although Strong allegations have been made against the ruling ABLP no one has ever been take to court for this issue. So with all the money spent, bicycles given away and allegations of money to no one has ever been charged. Not even in St.Peters ! I must say that have allegations in the past that a few UPP candidates have been in bribing also. It is my personal belief that both political parties have been guilty of this act but thd ABLP to a greater extent. Don’t matter how small corruption is corruption. That is why Ms. Athill that ran on the UPP ticket in the last general elections was such a stand out. She made it clear that she was not given anyone any money. Not even to assist getting a lost card . The other flaws in the process is the use of government resources by the ruling party- again in this case the ABLP. The roads are being repaired right up to people garage, the play field is being uplifting with toilet facilities and a small stand. Government resources in full action and the government is using it to credit their candidate. At the end of this by-election process the constituency of St.Mary’s South is going to have a great and deserving face lift I must interject.
    However, In the final analysis it will be still left to the people to cast their votes and choose a candidate of their choice. Don’t matter who gave you what, you and you also will be in that booth to decide.
    I still think and want to see Shugy pull of a victory. From outside the race seems to be tightening. Hook line and sinker seems to be thrown at him. I still will like to see him win. Despite all the government resources being used . I like the slim majority in Parliament.
    We need constitution reforms definitely, to strengthen our democracy. Things like campaign spending, fix elections dates all needs to be addressed urgently. God bless Antigua Barbuda. God bless the people of St. Mary’s South.

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