Despite claims from a political party that it is engaging in illegal voter registration in support of the Gaston Browne led government, the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) is maintaining its non- partisan, independent stance.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, ABEC made it clear that the commission is an independent and unaffiliated entity which remains committed to safeguarding the electoral process and doing everything in its power to work in the people’s best interest.
The release comes on the heels of an accusation from the opposition United Progressive Party involving the registration of voters outside of their respective Constituencies adding that it is a legal fact in contravention of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2002.
However in response to the claims, the commission noted that aaccording to Section (28)(2)(a) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2002, “Continuous registration shall be undertaken at such place or places and at the times fixed by the Commission.”
“This authorizes the Commission to determine where and when continuous registration occurs,” ABEC said.
As a result, the electoral body has issued a schedule for continuous registration. All interested, eligible and unregistered persons are encouraged to register to strengthen the electoral process.