As questions still surround the new electronic tabulating machines that will be used in the elections for the first time in BVI history, persons are being given another opportunity to test the equipment ahead of the February 25 general elections.
This second round of public demonstrations of the machines will be held at the Central Administration Complex in Road Town on Sunday, February 10 from 4 pm to 7 pm.
“Testing is highly encouraged. Shading of the ballot is also highly encouraged but the ‘X’ will also be accepted. All are invited to attend,” the Office of the Supervisor of Elections said in a media release on Tuesday.
In a previous press conference with Governor Augustus Jaspert this week, Supervisor of Elections Juliette Penn made it clear that the machines are NOT used to enter votes, they are only used to count them.
“The ballots are going to be done manually,” she said. “We are not voting on a machine. It’s not a voting machine, it’s a tabulating machine.”
“You’re going to get your ballots the same way, you’re going to go into the booth, and you’re going to make your mark.”
One tabulating machine will be assigned to each of the 19 polling stations on Election Day.
Penn said as opposed to previous elections where two ballot papers were used — one for the district candidate and another for the At-Large candidates — only one ballot paper will be used for these elections.
That single ballot will contain the names of the respective district candidates as well as the At-Large candidates.
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