Parliamentary Dept. making preparations for Nomination Day

Deputy Parliamentary Commissioner Reno Smith of the Parliamentary Department gave an update on the voter registration process that is currently underway island-wide. (PHOTO:?JENNEVA?RUSSELL)

Assistant Parliamentary Commissioner, Reno Smith, yesterday confirmed that nomination day for all candidates, party affiliated and independent, is set to take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  


Smith made the announcement Tuesday (April 18) morning, during a press conference at the Grand Bahama Administrator’s Office.


According to Smith, nominations occur from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, and persons who intend to run in this year’s General Election, must collect their nomination forms. 


“Candidates must ensure that they are properly endorsed by five qualified persons, who reside in the constituency they wish to represent,” he said. 


Smith also announced that the advanced poll would take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 for law enforcement officers, persons who are traveling and or hospitalized.


“Voting for the advance poll will be held at the Police Training College here on Grand Bahama,” he revealed. “The various forms (for the advance poll) could be collected at this time.


“We’re inviting persons who wish to vote early to collect Form K from the Parliamentary Registration Department here in the National Insurance Building.” 


Smith noted that Form K is required for persons traveling prior to the election and wish for their vote to be counted, as well as persons with prearranged medical procedures. 


He advised parents to collect Form J for their children who are in college abroad and wish to vote in the upcoming election. 


“Get those forms to various students throughout the world.  We now have centers in Haiti and Cuba for the first time,” he added.


Smith said that there are also centers in the United States, including Houston Texas, Canada and Jamaica. 


Smith also took the opportunity to introduce the presiding officers for Grand Bahama – Harvey Roberts, Administrator of East Grand Bahama and officer of the East Grand Bahama constituency; Brenda Bullard-Colebrooke, Administrator for West Grand Bahama, and officer for West Grand Bahama and Bimini; Preston Cunningham, Administrator for Freeport and officer for Marco City; Chester Cooper, officer for Central Grand Bahama and Mary Cooper, Ministry of Education and Science Technology District Superintendent and officer for Pineridge – who will oversee the Election Day process in their respective constituencies. 


Roberts advised that all candidates for East Grand Bahama must come to the Administrator’s Office in High Rock on nomination day to nominate between the hours specified by the Assistant Parliamentary Commissioner.


Bullard-Colebrooke said that all candidates for West Grand and Bimini must present themselves to the Eight Mile Rock East Town Office located in Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock for nomination, which will take place in the open foyer of the office.  


She added that the office is commonly referred to as the Old Eight Mile Rock Clinic. 


Cunningham informed that candidates for Marco City must nominate at Jack Hayward Senior High School on that day.  He also advised all candidates to have the required documents and ensure that they are notarized.


Cooper noted that candidates for Pineridge would be submit nomination papers at the Education Center at the Pro-cathedral of Christ the King Anglican Church on nomination day. 


Candidates for Central Grand Bahama must present their documents at St. Georges’ High School in the foyer area of the main office to be nominated.  


“Nominees are reminded that they must have all documentations completed, that includes their Forms C, D, and E and also have in their possessing fee of $400 in cash or bank check,” he said. 


Smith also took the opportunity to remind residents who have registered, to collect their Voter’s Cards as soon as possible to proof read and ensure all of their information is correct.


“Don’t wait for the last minute,” he admonished.


Persons who wait may have incorrect information on their cards that they are unable to correct in time for Election Day, he added.


Published  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

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