The Representation of the People Act states that the registering officer shall conduct investigations into the facts set out in each application. Furthermore, where the registering officer, after investigation, is not satisfied that the applicant meets the required qualifications as an elector, that elector is disallowed.
All persons who are disallowed are given the opportunity to appeal the decision of the registering officer.
The department says that on the other hand, in cases where the registering officer is satisfied that the applicant meets the qualifications, that elector’s name is included on the monthly supplementary list which is published on or before the 15th day of each month.
Any person who is a registered elector for a particular electoral division can object to the decision of the registering officer to include the name of any person on the voter’s list for that particular electoral division.
The period for objections/appeals is between the 15th and 25th of each month (see attachment).
“Objections and appeals are healthy for democracy, therefore, the law provides for such to occur in the process,” the department notes.
As citizens, all are encouraged to be a part of the electoral process and cooperate with the Elections and Boundaries staff when officers are conducting their investigations.
” We all have a role to play in safeguarding democracy in our country. As a department, we assure the general public that we are committed to ensuring that democratic principles are upheld,” the statement ended.