Considerably more persons are registering to vote in the upcoming general elections compared to the last elections in 2015.
Of the current 14,095 registered voters, more than 500 of them are new, Supervisor of Elections Juliette Penn told BVI News on Tuesday.
“That is the figure we have up to today (January 22) and we still have entries that we have to make; meaning we have registrations to enter. So, this is not a final total.”
She continued: “It (the number of voters) is more than the last election. We have an increase in 510 so far, which is a three percent increase. More people have become eligible to vote so I think they have taken an interest in registering to vote.”
Breakdown of voters per district
Penn said the breakdown of eligible voters across nine polling districts are as follows:
In the First District, 1,508 persons have made the polling list thus far while 1,438 have registered in the Second District.
Some 1,626 voters have register in the Third District, 1,357 in the Fourth, and 1,825 have enlisted in District Five.
A total of 1,717 voters comprise the list for the Sixth Electoral District so far, while 1,310 form the list in District Seven.
In District Eight, 1,653 have already registered. A total of 1,661 have registered in District Nine, so far.
In September last year, Penn said roughly 200 voters were struck off the list because they were no longer alive. That figure represents the single largest ever to be taken from the list in any one year.
A final list of persons eligible to vote in 2019 General Elections will be released after the House of Assembly is dissolved.
On election day, which must come by April 16, voters will have the option of using an electronic voting system to cast their ballots. With that method, the machine will scan and tabulate the results instantly. Manual voting is also an option.
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