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   St. Kitts & Nevis Election 101   

If, on election day, you are Registered in the Voters List

For a person to qualify to register on the voters list, they must be:

  • 18 years of age or older,
  • Citizen of Saint Christopher and Nevis or,
  • A Commonwealth citizen and has lived in St. Kitts and Nevis for a period of 12 months before the date of registration on the voters list.

 
 

When you don't vote, you let others speak for you.

The right to vote and more importantly the exercise of franchise by the eligible voters is at the heart of every democracy.

We, the people, through this exercise of our right to vote have the ultimate power to shape the destiny of country by electing our representatives who run the Government and take decisions for the growth, development and benefit of all the citizens.

 

When you get to your polling station, you join the line or enter the station if there is none.

When you enter the polling station give your name and address and voters Id to the election official at the check-in table.

The official will then instruct you on what to do if you need help.

 

Federal Elections in St. Kitts-Nevis are constitutionally due every 5 years.

Registered voters can vote on Election Day.

On Election Day Polling Stations are usually open from 6am to 6pm. Employees must be allowed time away from their job to vote.

 

Voters can only vote in the Constituency and Polling Division that they have been registered in. Check the voters List to see which Constituency and Division you are registered to vote in.

Polling stations will be set up in each Constituency by the Returning Officer. They are usually centrally located, and may include such locations as Schools or Community Centers.

Polling locations may change from one election to another so it is important to determine your polling location before each election.

The location of polling stations will be publish prior to an election.

 

Poll officials
The people who work at a polling place are referred to as poll officials.

To take the vote and manage the process, there are two election officials at each polling place: the Deputy Returning Officer and the Poll Clerk. They use the Voters List for their poll and carefully record the events of the day in their Poll Book.

In addition, candidates or their representatives may be present to observe the voting process.

The Voting Process
When you arrive at your poll, you will proceed to the table where the Deputy Returning Officer and the Poll Clerk are seated. Even if your name is already on the Voters List, you must take your voters id to the poll when you go to vote.

The poll officials will locate your name and address on the Voters List, cross it off, enter your elector number into the Poll Record, and hand you the ballot paper. You will then proceed to the voting room and mark your ballot in privacy.

You return the marked folded ballot to the poll officials who verify that it is the same one that were originally given to you.

The ballots are then returned to you. You then place your ballots in the ballot box.

 
 

Do: Verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls.

Don't: Get discouraged by long lines or long ballots. Remember, as long as you are in line by 6 PM on Election Day you will be able to cast your ballot.

Do: Know where to go to vote.

Don't: Campaign or solicit votes within 300 feet of a polling place. Electioneering in the immediate area around polling places is illegal.

Do: Know the most convenient times to vote are during low traffic periods: not during the morning rush hour, lunch, or the evening rush hour. Remember, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, if you are in line by the close of polls at 6:00 p.m. local time, you will be allowed to vote.

Don't: Wait until the last minute to head to the polls.

Do: Bring your Voter Identification to the polls on Election Day.

Don't: Use prohibited items at the polls such as video cameras, cell phones, or any other device that can record the identity of voters. If you bring a cell phone to the polls, you are encouraged to place it on silent or vibrate.

Do: Call your friends and family to remind them to vote. All elections are important as it is one way that you can make your voice heard.

Don't: Forget that you can obtain all of the election results in near real time by visiting www.sknvibes.com after the polls have closed.

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