Political groups may register

Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez has advised that, as of 1 January, the Political Party Register contains the names of only two political parties, namely the People’s Progressive Movement and United Democratic Party.

The Elections Law (2004 Revision) states that any group that has united to contest an election is eligible to be registered as a political party. It should be noted that it is not a mandatory requirement for a group or team to be registered if they care not to.

An application to be registered as a political party must be made in Form 14 to the Supervisor of Elections by the president, chairman or secretary of the party.

The application must be signed by the applicant with the full name of the party and must be accompanied by a copy of the constitution of the party. The supervisor reserves the right to refuse to register a political party if the name is obscene, consists of more than five words or resembles that of another political party.

Applications to register political parties will not be accepted between Nomination Day and the day on which all writs for a general election have been returned, which are 25 March and 25 May. Forms may be collected from the Elections Office or downloaded from the website www.electionsoffice.ky