St. Maarten Government adds four new voting districts

POSTED: 06/1/14 11:31 PM

Voters register closes June 11

St. Maarten – For the August 29 elections, the government has added four new voting districts, bringing the total from the 16 of the 2010 elections to 20 this year. The new voting districts are the Justice Academy on Mount William Hill, the Peterson Building on Wellington Road in Cole Bay, the Pointe Blanche prison, and the Sint Maarten Home.

The council of Ministers has approved the additional voting districts. The decree containing general measures is currently at the Council of Advice. Once it comes back, the government will formalize the changes.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing that the additions are necessary because by law voting districts cannot have more than 1,500 voters.

With Election Day established on August 29, Postulation Day – the moment when parties present their lists of candidates, falls on Friday July 11. Thirty days before that, on Wednesday June 11 – one and a half week from now – the voters registers closes.

Wescot-Williams urged citizens to check their status with the Census Office to make sure that they are eligible to vote. After the register closes, citizens still have the option to take their case to court if they are not included.

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