Electoral Council formed

POSTED: 01/23/14 12:56 PM

St. Maarten The decree appointing persons for the Electoral Council has been established after being signed off by Governor Eugene Holiday and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams.

The 5 member council consists of Bert Hoffman (chairman), Anara Richardson-Nicolas, Linda Richardson (member), Jeroen Veen (acting member) and Marlene Mingo (acting member).

In accordance with Article 5 sub 2 of the Ordinace Governing the Registration and Financing of Political Parties “there is an appointment commission established in that law consisting of a representative of the Joint Court of Justice, the Council of Advice and the General Audit Chamber. Those three representatives reviewed applications and then appointed,” the Prime Minister said.

The Landsverordering Registratie en Financiën Politieke Partijen prescribes an electoral council and its functions.

In accordance with the national ordinance the electoral council is an entity that operates independently of parliament and government.  A political party wishing to take part in the next election will have to submit a written request to be registered to this council.  They will only be registered if they comply with the requirements set forth in the national ordinance.”

Registered political parties are required to submit an annual report outlining the organizational makeup of their parties, the amount of contributing members, the financial outline of contribution fees accumulated each year and the annual activities. In addition they have to submit a detailed financial report, which show amongst others an overview of the income and expenses. The electoral council ensures that these reports are available to the public for inspection.

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