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Registered voters must apply for a transfer of their voter registration by Friday, June 28, 2019. This is the message from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ). Transferring the vote is part of the process for updating the November 30, 2019 voter’s list.
If voters apply for a transfer of their voter registration after June 28, their process will not be completed before May 2020.
How to Apply for a Transfer of Voter Registration
The Electoral Office stated that the process for transferring voter registration is quite simple. The elector must visit the office of their constituency and apply for a registration transfer. Furthermore, the applicant must apply at the constituency office where she currently lives. Once the elector makes the application the EOJ transfers the information from the polling division to the new polling division.
After the transfer is completed, the Electoral Office will publish the elector’s new address information in the updated voter’s list.
The Law Requires Applications To Transfer the Vote
The transfer of voter registration is necessary for persons who have changed addresses since the last time they registered or updated their information. Individuals often overlook this important step for keeping their voter registration up to date. It is not until General or By-Elections roll around that the matter of where to vote becomes crucial. The law governing elections requires the voter to vote in the polling division where she lives.
Even if the transfer is to take place within the same constituency, applying for a transfer of voter registration is still necessary. The Electoral Office of Jamaica, therefore, encourages Jamaicans who have relocated since they last updated their voter information to act now to avoid any difficulties.
Three Month Waiting Period
The EOJ noted that the elector must wait three months after applying for transfer before the office processes the application. After this period, one of the EOJ officers along with scrutineers representing the political parties – one each from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) will visit the address to verify that the applicant lives there.