Political candidates affiliated with a party can no longer assign two or even one polling agent to monitor their individual interests at the polling station on Election Day.
Amendments to the territory’s Election Act now reserves that right for political parties and independent candidates only.
In explaining the amendment at a press conference at Government House on Monday, Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe said: “Because of the increase in the number of parties that we have now and also the restrictions in some of the polling stations, we have now agreed that political parties will be allowed three agents. But, only two can be in the station at the same time. Independent candidates will continue to have two but again only one can be in the station at one given time.”
“In the past, each candidate was allowed at least two but only one could be in the polling station at the same time,” she noted.
These are some of the changes made ahead of the February 25 general elections.
February 21 is advanced polling day, who is eligible?
The territory, in the meantime, will have advanced polling on February 21 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Supervisor of Elections Juliette Penn said persons eligible for advanced pollings are the elderly, illiterate persons, sick persons, prison inmates, police officers, election workers and persons who will be travelling on Election Day.
Persons travelling must produce an itinerary showing proof of travel.
More than 14,000 persons have registered to vote for these elections. This figure exceeds the number of register voters in the 2015 General Election.
Copyright 2021 BVI News, Media Expressions Limited. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.