With nomination day for the October 21st local government elections being just hours away, the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has assured that all is in place and the EBC is ready for the busy day.
All nomination papers must be presented on Monday September 30th, to the returning officers for processing and validation of all nominees from the 136 electoral districts in the country.
On October 21st, eligible voters will go to the polls to elect their candidates in the local government elections.
This time around, there will be one difference; the submission of lists for prospective aldermen.
This is in accordance with the amendment to the Municipal Corporations Act 2013.
This amendment was passed in the Upper House on September 12th.
It is the first time in the history of local government elections, aldermen will be elected on the basis of proportional representation.
Acting Chief Elections Officer, Ramesh Nanan, says the lists will be presented to him at the EBC’s head office at Scott House, Frederick Street, Port of Spain.
He said since there were no clear rules governing the process of submission, the EBC had formulated guidelines which were circulated to the established political parties, in order to prevent any misunderstanding on nomination day.
The process will be conducted during the hours of 9:00AM to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the respective returning offices.