There is still uncertainty about the date for the by-election to select a new Parliamentary Representative for the St Mary’s South Constituency.
Supervisor of Elections Ian Hughes puts the date to late October, by which provisions must be made.
However, he stated during a state media interview Tuesday morning that the issuance of the Writ of Elections is the most critical factor, which hints that the date is imminent.
“Based on our calculations, the outer limit is the 28th of October, which is a Saturday, and we don’t generally have elections on a Saturday or a Friday. So, I would say October 26th would be the outer limit, and of course, the law is evident in how the process must be conducted.
“You must have the issuing of the Writ, which is the first thing, then Nomination Day, which is five days after the Writ has been issued, and Sundays and Public Holidays are excluded from the counting. The publication of the Revised Register follows this and then the Register for Elections for that by-election”, Hughes said.
The contenders for the by-election are Kelvin “Shugy” Simon of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), Dwayne George of the ruling Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), and Andrew Antonio of the Democratic National Alliance of DNA.
Hughes is also encouraging residents of that constituency to check to ensure their voter identification is up to date ahead of the announcement of the date.
The three polling stations are the S. R Olivia David School in Bolans Village, the Johnsons Point Clinic, and the Urlings Primary School.