Agents need photo IDs

Candidates, agents should not have assisted with or witnessed applications for mobile polling or postal ballots

The Elections Office is open until 5pm on Tuesday, 21 May, for candidates and their agents to have photos taken for identification badges.

They will not be admitted to either polling stations or counting stations without the proper badge, Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez warned.

He said candidates should also arrange in advance which polling stations they want their agents to attend.

Due to the large numbers of agents appointed, the agents should be at their respective polling stations by no later than 6am to be sworn if they are part of the morning shift. Agents who will be attending in the afternoon may be sworn later, at the convenience of the presiding officer.

Returning officers for the six electoral districts also remind candidates that, if they choose to appoint an election agent, election agents are separate from polling agents and counting agents. If an election agent is meant to be at a polling or counting station, he or she needs an identification badge.

It should be noted that any agent appointed who has completed an application for a postal ballot or mobile voting on behalf of an elector or witnessed an elector’s signature on such forms is guilty of an offence.

This also applies to candidates. It should be further noted that any candidate or agent who witnessed the declaration of identity for an elector who has voted by postal ballot is guilty of an offence and the ballot of the elector is rejected. This is another reason why returning officers and the Elections Office urged candidates to appoint agents early.

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