Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of questions and answers.

 

A - Enumeration

Do I have to register at the office in my constituency?

Can I register online?

What documents do I need to register?

 

B - Information that The EOJ collects

Why do you take fingerprints?

Do you keep the information confidential at the EOJ?

If I am enumerated can I request that my name be taken off the voters list?

Why do we need a birth certificate or proof of age for young persons who want to be registered?

 

C - ID Cards

Why do you have to enumerate to get an ID?

How long after registration, does it take to get your ID?

Why do you have to wait so long to get the I.D. after applying to be registered?

Can someone else collect my ID?

Why do you have to pay for a replacement I.D. when it was lost especially since the first one was free?

 

D - Residence Verification

Why is residence verification necessary?

 

A - Enumeration

 

Do I have to register at the office in my constituency?

It is preferred that you register at the office within your constituency. However, we will accommodate your application at the office that is most convenient for you to visit, for example near to where you work. 

 

Can I register online?

For your own security, registration must be done in person to reduce the risk of identity theft. You also need to be physically present in our office as your photograph and fingerprints must be taken at the time of registration.  

 

What documents do I need to register?

No specific documents are required for registration, but if you appear to be younger than 18 we may ask for proof of age. It’s a good idea to take your birth certificate with you. 

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B - Information that The EOJ collects

Why do you take fingerprints?

Fingerprints (4 rolled and 10 flat) are necessary because they offer a very good means of making sure that your name appears on the voters list only once. This will also protect your right to vote on Election Day.

 

Do you keep the information confidential at the EOJ?

Your fingerprint information can only be used for elections. Some of your information (name, address and occupation) is part of the public record as the law requires that the voter list be left at a public place such as your local Post Office so that it can be examined.

 

If I am enumerated can I request that my name be taken off the voters list?

There is no facility for the voluntary removal of your name from the voters list.

 

Why do we need a birth certificate or proof of age for young persons who want to be registered?

We have found it necessary to ask for evidence of age and demographic information because of the confusion that often arises when persons give incorrect information. We would like to continue to have a voters list which is above world-class standard and as such any new information which we put in should, as far as possible, be accurate.

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C - ID Cards

Why do you have to enumerate to get an ID?

As there is no national ID card, the Voters ID is used as a de facto national ID, and in some cases is internationally accepted.

However, similar to a driver’s license which indicates that you are able to drive, a voters ID indicates that you are able to vote. You must therefore enumerate to receive this ID card.  

 

How long after registration, does it take to get your ID?

Depending on when you are registered, you should get your ID card within 4-8 months. This is dependent on the time you register and the date of publication of the voters list. 

 

Why do you have to wait so long to get the I.D. after applying to be registered?

You can only receive your ID after your name has been added to the voters list. ID Cards are only created for persons who are on the current Voters' List and the length of your wait time is dependent on this. The voters list is updated every six months on May 31 and November 30 each year. There is a two month cut off date prior to publication. Therefore, persons who register between October 1 and March 30 will receive their cards after the May 31 publication. Persons who register between April 1 and September 30 will receive their cards after the November 30 publication. 

 

Can someone else collect my ID?

To reduce the risk of identity theft, we will not deliver your ID card to anyone else other than you. It is for your own safety that we ask you to collect your ID card in person. 

 

Why do you have to pay for a replacement I.D. when it was lost especially since the first one was free?

The money you pay for the replacement of your ID reflects the cost of resources to reproduce another card.  You are urged to keep your ID safe and be careful when you need to use it.

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D - Residence Verification

Why is residence verification necessary?

Residence verification is a vital part of ensuring that our voters list remains at a high standard. The law requires that you must vote in the constituency where you reside. Residence verification is our way of ensuring that the address given is really where you reside. 

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                       IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NB. If you register between April 1st and September 30th, your name will be added to the Voter's List to be published on November 30th, provided that all the necessary requirements were met which includes RESIDENCE VERIFICATION.

If you register between October  1st and March 30th, your name will be added to the Voter's List to be published on May 30th, provided that all the necessary requirements were met which includes RESIDENCE VERIFICATION.

 

 

 

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