Dominica: Voter verification plans aim to improve elector’s registry

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The Electoral Commission in Dominica s preparing to undertake a voter verification Exercise for the purpose of improving the accuracy of the electors’ register.

According to the government, this plan is intended to assist in determining the names of persons eligible to be removed from the register if they have died or been out of Dominica for the statutory period.

The exercise will be conducted by enumerators appointed by the commission, who will be required to make house to house visits over a period of about six weeks.

It will begin on 1 July.

“The commission intends that the information collected would be reviewed against data from the Civil Register of Deaths, as well as information from the Immigration Department and a determination made of persons who are eligible to be removed,” said a statement from the Dominican government.

“This list of names will be published in the Official Gazette, as well as in weekly newspapers and online.

“Registered electors who dispute that they are eligible to be removed, will then have the opportunity to send to the electoral office, a statutory declaration, as well as supporting documentation confirming that they are entitled to remain registered.”

Regulations will be issued by the commission shortly, WIC News understands. This should include the process to appeal any decisions made by the commission.

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