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Understanding the process

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

WITH elections to take place on September 17, it is in the interest of voters to understand major parts of the election process.

One such part is the determination of the order in which names of candidates will appear on the National Candidates List.

According to Section 36 subsection (2) of the Electoral Decree 2014, the Supervisor of Elections must, at the place of nomination, on the date and time which shall be published, and before all persons present at that place, prepare a list of all the duly nominated candidates in alphabetical order with the last name (if any) of the candidate appearing before the first name.

After reading out this list, the Supervisor will then: "Place a number of balls equal to the number of candidates, being balls of equal size and weight and each of which is distinctly marked with a number commencing from number 135, in a container large enough to allow all the balls to move about freely when the container is rotated," the Decree details.

"(The Supervisor must) rotate the container and permit any other person present who wishes to do so, to rotate the container.

"Following this, the Supervisor must cause a person who is blindfolded and has been blindfolded prior to the rotation of the container … to take the balls, or cause the balls to come out of the container one by one and, as each ball is taken or comes out, pass it to the Supervisor who must call out the number on the ball.

"And place or allocate that number to the first candidate on the list and then place or allocate the numbers as they are called out … for each subsequent candidate on the list until all the candidates on the list have been allocated with a number.

"After completing the process outlined in subsection (2), the Supervisor shall prepare a National Candidates List, which shall contain the names of the candidates in as many rows and columns as the Supervisor deems appropriate, and the names in the National Candidates List shall be arranged in sequential order commencing with the candidate who was allocated number 135."

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