Election officials in training

The first round of training sessions for election officials in 2005 was completed last week, on a district by district basis.

Training Officer Rupert McCoy reminded participants that, even though the majority had served in previous elections, recent changes to the Elections Law affected the way in which they will perform their tasks.

Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez also presented material, with assistance from Deputy Supervisors Orrett Connor and Colford Scott.

The sessions involve several hundred people in the roles of Returning Officers, Deputy Returning Officers, Presiding Officers, Poll Clerks and Field Officers.

The six electoral districts could be covered Monday-Friday because North Side and East End are relatively small groups that have been combined for training purposes. Friday night was allotted to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to allow for travel.

Two more series of group sessions are scheduled for the weeks of 11 April and 25 April.

Mr. Gomez explained that the first session concentrated on theory. Election workers will subsequently be involved in acting out various scenarios, with polling stations set up as planned for Election Day.

Training sessions began last August, when Election Day was scheduled for November. When Hurricane Ivan intervened and general elections were postponed, the training schedule was revised accordingly.

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