Summary of Return of Election Expenses for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly and Local Government Bye-Elections
The Chief Election Officer is required by law, to notify the public, by publication in at least one (1) newspaper, of a return of the election expenses of a candidate, who contested an election, within ten days of receipt from the candidate’s election agent.
This notice, as set out in ection 58 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 2:01 provides the date on which the return and declaration were received by the Chief Election Officer and also provides the public with information on the days and times when these documenents can be inspected by members of the public, if so desired.
The summary of the return of election expenses for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly and Local Government Bye-Elctions can be found here:
March 19, 2021
THIS SUNDAY ONLY – Temporary Suspension of “Walk-In” Service at the Couva Registration Area Office
The Elections and Boundaries Commission advises of a temporary disruption to its “walk-in” service for Senior Citizens at the Couva Registration Area Office ONLY on Sunday 7th March, 2021.
The EBC is aware of the overwhelming response to this Sunday “walk-in” service and are pleased to accommodate our affected Senior Citizens this Saturday, March 6th 2021 at our Couva Registration Area Office.
The temporary disruption of this service on this Sunday has become necessary to facilitate electrical work being conducted in the TECU Building, in which the Couva Registration Area Office is housed.
The EBC apologizes for any inconvenience this temporary disruption may cause and advise that normal operations at the Couva Registration area Office will resume on Monday 8th March, 2021.
March 4, 2021
Notice of Uncashed Cheques
The Elections and Boundaries Commission wishes to advise the payees listed in this public notice that ALL uncashed cheques, which were issued during the financial year 2019/2020, will become void on March 31st, 2021.
Payees who have already cashed their cheques should kindly disreagrd this notice.
For futher information,please contact the Ag. Accountant II at 624-3462.
Temporary Closure of the Sangre Grande Registration Area Office
Please be advised that our Sangre Grande Registration Area Office will be closed, temporarily on Thursday 18th February, 2021.
The closure of this Office has become necessary, as T&TEC has advised that it will undertake overhead line clearance work on that day and there will be an interruption in the supply of electricity to the area that will affect operations at our Office.
The EBC apologizes for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause. The Sangre Grande Registration Area Office will resume normal operations on Friday 19th February, 2021.
February 18, 2021
SUBMISSION OF THE ELECTION EXPENSES RETURN
The EBC wishes to advise that section 52 of the Representation of the People Act, Chap. 2:01 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago (the Act) requires the Election Agent of every candidate who contested an election, to submit to the Chief Election Officer in respect of the candidate “a statement of all payments made by the Election Agent”. The submission is also required to be made by a candidate who acted as his own election agent. However, by section 39 of the Act, persons who contested a City or Borough election, are not required to file such a return.
The return is required to be submitted within forty-two (42) days after the day on which the result of the election was declared by the Returning Officer. In calculating the period within which the return must be submitted, Saturdays and Sundays are counted, while Public Holidays are excluded. The Elections and Boundaries Commission will, by way of public notice in the Press, advise of the last day by which the return relating to a particular election must be submitted. For these recently concluded elections, the deadline date is Tuesday 9th March, 2021. Completed specimen Forms Nos. 3, 4 and 5, which are to be used in the process, are published here for your guidance.
FORM NO. 3
Any person, other than the Election Agent, who incurs expenses on behalf of a candidate, having been authorised in writing by the Election Agent to do so, is required to submit a return relative to such expenses together with a declaration in the Form No. 3 of the Rules. Such return and declaration must be submitted to the Chief Election Officer within twenty-one (21) days after the date of publication of the result of the election.
FORM NO. 4
The “statement of all payments made by the Election Agent” is made in the form set out as Form No. 4 in the Prescribed Forms Rules of the Act (the Rules), and must be accompanied by all relevant bills and receipts.
FORM NO. 5
The return being submitted by an Election Agent must be accompanied by a declaration made by him in the Form No. 5 of the Rules. Additionally, each candidate is also required to submit a similar declaration (Form No. 5) at the same time that the return is being submitted by the Election Agent, or within seven (7) days afterwards. However, where the candidate is out of Trinidad and Tobago when the return is submitted, the declaration must be submitted within fourteen (14) days of his return to the country.
January 29, 2021
UPDATE: All Recounts have ended with the outcomes unchanged
The recounts in the five electoral districts have ended. The outcomes remain unchanged.
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) received official requests for general recounts of the votes cast in five electoral districts – four in Tobago and one in Trinidad.
In Tobago, the Progressive Democratic Patriots has requested recounts in the electoral districts of Canaan/Bon Accord, Lambeau/ Signal Hill and Scarborough/Calder Hall. The People’s National Movement has requested a recount in the electoral district of Bethel/Mt. Irvine.
In the Local Government Bye-Elections, the independent candidate Christopher Wright, who received 307 votes in the electoral district of Hollywood, requested a recount.
Election Rule 101(1) of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 2:01 provides for, inter alia, political parties and/or independent candidates to request a recount into the votes cast, no later than twelve noon on the day after the election.
The full details of the Press Release can be found in this attachment.
January 26, 2021
It’s Safe to Vote!
Voting is quick, simple , easy and SAFE! We’ve done our part to safeguard you on election day, but we remind you to wear your mask, it;s the law. Sanitize your hands before enternig the polling station and before you dip your finger in the electoral ink!
January 22, 2021
Election Agents and Sub-Agents for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly and Local Government Bye-Elections
No “walk-in” service this Sunday ONLY and in Tobago and specified areas in Trinidad
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) wishes to advise the public that on Sunday 24th January, 2021 ONLY, it’s “walk-in” service for senior citizens for the renewal of expired National Identification cards will be suspended of the island of Tobago and in the following electoral districts in Trinidad:
- Arima Central
- Hindustan/ St. Mary’s
- Hollywood and
- Morne Coco/Alyce Glen
The suspension of this service on this day ONLY at the relevant EBC offices has become necessary to facilitate preparations for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly and Local Government Bye-Elections to be held on Monday, January 25th 2021.
Persons sixty years and over are reminded that in lieu of this “walk-in” facility, they can make an appointment through the EBC’s Call Centre to renew their expired National Identification cards.
The EBC’s Call Centre numbers are:
Our Call Centre’s hours of operation are Mondays-Fridays 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location and Hours of Operation of Special Polling Stations Established by Returning Officers
The Elections and Boundaries Commission wishes to advise that Special Polling Stations established by Returning Officers in accordance with Election Rule 73(1) of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 2:01 for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly Elections and Local Government Bye-Elections will function from Monday 18th January to Sunday 24th January, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For the full listing of the addresses of these Special Polling Stations established by Returning Officers, please see the information flyer here.
January 19, 2021
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