The Provisional Register of Electors was published yesterday, Wednesday 10 May 2017.
Eligible persons now have up until Wednesday, 24 May 2017, to make application to amend the Provisional Register, which can be found on the Government Gazettes page of the SHG website. Hard copies of the Provisional Register will also be placed at the following locations:
Customer Service Centre, Jamestown
Public Library, Jamestown
ENRD Offices, Scotland
Rural sub Post Offices
In addition, copies will be held by the Assistant Registration Officer, and at the office of the Administrator, Ascension Island.
Applications using the prescribed form 'A' will need to be made to the Registration Officer at the Castle.
Persons who are eligible to have their names entered in the Register may apply to amend the Provisional Register to add or remove their name, remove the name of someone who has died or left the Island or who might be ineligible for inclusion in the Register, change an address or electoral district in which he/she will be allowed to vote or correct any other error.
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 or 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.
The public is advised that a Bill will be presented at the formal Legislative Council meeting this Friday, 12 May 2017, to amend the Elections legislation to allow 17 year olds to add their names to the Register thus enabling them to vote in the General Election. The Bill also seeks to remove eligibility for registration of spouses and life partners who do not have St Helenian status but will protect those who are registered and who make application on or before 24 May 2017. Further publicity will be given nearer the time.
Applications to amend the current Register must be submitted to Assistant Registration Officer, Carol George, at the Castle by no later than 4pm on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.
Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Registration Officer, Gillian Francis, at the Castle on telephone number 22470 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The final Register of Electors for the year commencing 1 July 2017 will be published in June.
If your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in the upcoming General Election.
Source: St Helena Government