Preparation for updating the Register of Electors for St Helena has now begun. Members of the public are encouraged to come forward if they would like to add their names or amend any details to the current Register, dated 7 February 2014.
The Provisional Register of Electors will issue on Friday 9 May 2014 and once published any person eligible to have their name on the Register can apply for any changes. Requests will need to be made in writing (on the correct form or by letter) to the Assistant Registration Officer at the Castle within 14 days of the Register being published.
Persons may apply to amend the Register if they would like to add or remove their name, remove the name of someone who has died or left the Island, correct the name of someone who has married, correct an Electoral district or change an address.
Persons eligible to be registered must:
- Be over the age of 18 years with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence
- Have St Helenian status or be the spouse of life partner of a person who has such status
There are some exceptions, such as mental incapacity or someone serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more.
If you are temporarily absent from St Helena for the purposes of employment, education, or medical treatment, but you are otherwise eligible, you can still have your name registered. This only applies if you have been absent for less than 30 months and have been absent for less than 625 days in the last 30 months. There is a special form to be used, and this is available from the Assistant Registration Officer at The Castle, or by email from: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Provisional Register (and application forms) will be available for inspection at the Office of the Assistant Registration Officer at the Castle or alternatively at the Customer Service Centre and Public Library in Jamestown, ANRD Offices at Scotland and all rural sub Post Offices. Copies will also be held by Assistant Registration Officers and the Administrator’s Office on Ascension Island.
Applications to amend the current Register must be submitted to Assistant Registration Officer, Gina Benjamin at the Castle by no later than 4pm on Friday 23 May 2014.
A final Register of Electors will publish on Tuesday 1 July 2014.
If your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in any upcoming General or Bye-Election.
6 May 2014