by Linda Straker
- PEO continuously registers all eligible persons to vote and produces voters’ identification cards
- Continuous registration causes addendum lists to be published end of every quarter
- Report following June 2022 General Elections indicated 87,566 registered voters
There are more than 2,000 newly registered voters since Grenada held general elections in June 2022 according to data from the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO), whose mission is to continuously register all eligible persons to vote and produce voters’ identification cards.
The report published by the office following the general elections said that there were 87,566 registered voters. On 12 October 2023, the PEO sent out a notice informing registered voters to review the addendum list as of 30 September 2023. Due to continuous registration, an addendum list is published at the end of every quarter.
Inquiries at the PEO which is also responsible for publishing the list of electors and conducting elections in accordance with the Representation of the People Act, revealed that as of 30 September 2023, that number increased to 89,645 or an additional number of 2,079 new registered voters.
The notice advised citizens to review the list and file claims and objections where necessary between 16 and 23 October. “Request for alterations or corrections of any error in the name, addressing and polling division of any registered person should be submitted to the registration officer of the constituency on or before 23 October 2023,” said the Notice, disseminated by the Government Information Service (GIS).
Everyone, particularly those who registered during the quarter July–September 2023 is advised to inspect the addendum to ensure that his or her name is properly included,” said the Notice which explained that “the addendum should be checked to establish whether there is any name included in it that should not be there.”
The head of the Parliamentary Elections Office is the Supervisor of Elections, which is a constitutionally established post. “In the exercise of his functions under the foregoing provisions of this section, the Supervisor of Elections shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority,” states the Constitution, which mandates that the functions of the office of Supervisor of Elections shall be exercised by the person holding or acting in such public office as may for the time being be designated in that behalf by the Governor-General acting in his own deliberate judgment.