27 March 2017
KINGSTON, JAMIACA – The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reminding individuals that the deadline to register for the next voters’ list is Friday, March 31, 2017. Persons intending to have their name added to this list, which will be published on May 31, 2017, must complete the application process at their EOJ constituency office before the cut-off date.
Electors who register after the deadline will have to wait until November 30, 2017 to be added to the list.
The registration process is simple and applicants are asked to come prepared to have their photograph and fingerprints taken. Following the in-office application, the applicant’s residence will be verified and the application processed.
Individuals who are already registered to vote do not need to reapply. However, the EOJ is encouraging individuals who have changed addresses to visit their constituency office and apply for a transfer of registration. This will ensure that the elector’s information on the voters’ list remains up to date.
While registration is continuous, the ECJ updates the voters’ list every six months, on May 31 and November 30 of each year. The cut-off date for each list is two months prior to publication, to facilitate processing of applicants, hence the March deadline. Persons who meet the March 31 registration deadline should expect to receive their ID cards by mid-June.
The voters’ list now stands at 1,870,245 as published on December 31, 2016. To be eligible for registration you must be a Jamaican or Commonwealth citizen, at least 18 years of age, and must be ordinarily resident in Jamaica for at least 12 months prior to registration.
The Voters' List is a fundamental component of any voting system. The primary purpose of the voters' list is to confirm the eligibility of voters to participate in parliamentary and local government elections. The voters' list is printed every six months, May 31 and November 30 each year.
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