Today’s Editorial February 22: Take advantage of voter registration

The elections office is being more than generous to those who still haven’t registered to vote.

The elections office will stay open until 9pm Monday through Thursday this week and until midnight Friday.

Tomorrow will be the last Saturday eligible citizens can register to vote at supermarkets.

Those who meet the 29 February deadline and are deemed eligible to vote will be able to say yes or no to proposed constitutional modernisation in a referendum slated now for May.

While it is important for everyone who is eligible to vote to register, it is vital that our young people take part in the process.

While the constitution issue is important to all of us, it is even more important to our younger generation.

They and future generations will be the ones who have to live with the consequences of the document we ultimately approve or disapprove.

We are fortunate enough to live in a democracy, which means we get the privilege of having a say about how our country is run.

If you don’t register to vote and then follow it up by voting, you really have no right to complain about government decisions you don’t like.

It is our hope that young people who are eligible to vote realise that voting is a tremendous gift. It’s a right that young people in other countries fight and even for.

You should vote because you can. If you don’t you may wake up in a country one day where you can’t.

While the Elections Office is making it easier for first-time voters to register this week, it’s also a good time for those already registered to update details.

Hurricane Ivan left many people displaced, forcing them to move out of the districts where they were registered to vote.

It’s very likely that those who were displaced or who have other detail changes – like marriage or a name change – haven’t thought about updating their voter registration information.

Extra voting registration stations will be open tomorrow at Hurley’s in Grand Harbour and Foster’s supermarkets in West Bay, the Strand, near the airport and at Countryside village from 9am until 1pm

The Elections Office is open tomorrow from 10am until 3pm and will open at 8.30am Monday through Friday.

The office is in Kirk House on Albert Panton Street in downtown George Town across from the court house.

So, here’s your last chance to register to vote so you can have your say on whether we as a country will move forward with constitutional modernisation.

Make your voice heard.

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We are fortunate enough to live in a democracy, which means we get the privilege of having a say about how our country is run.

If you don’t register to vote and then follow it up by voting, you really have no right to complain about government decisions you don’t like.

It is our hope that young people who are eligible to vote realise that voting is a tremendous gift. It’s a right that young people in other countries fight and even for.

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