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
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
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
Election Offences – Bribery, Treating and Undue Influence
The Elections and Boundaries Commission is calling on ALL political parties, candidates contesting these upcoming elections, electors and all our other democratic stakeholders to respect the law or be prepared to face the consequences.
Bribery, Treating and Undue Influence have specific definitions under the laws of this land. Persons fould guilty of any of the aforementioned offences are liable onconviction to a fine and imprisonment.
For more information,please see this informative flyer.
Notice of Election Offences
As persons who are registered to vote in the upcoming 2021 Tobago House of Assembly Elections and 2021 Local Government Bye-Elections get ready to go to the polls, we want to ensure that law and order is maintained on the day.
In this regard, we have published in the press and here for your general information, the Election Offences and accompanying penalties and fines.
There is a saying, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” Make sure that you are aware of these offences and operate within the gudelines of the law on Election Day.
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
Locations and Hours of Operation of the additional Special Polling Stations established by the Commission
Pursuant to Election Rule 76 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 2:01, additional Special Polling Stations have been established by the Elections and Boundaries Commission to facilitate Special Electors for the upcoming 2021 Tobago House of Assembly Elections and Local Government Bye-Elections.
These additional Special Polling Stations will function from Tuesday 19th January to Friday 22nd January, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For the locations and operations of these Special Polling Stations, please see the information flyer here.
January 18, 2021
Notice of Taking a Poll for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly and Local Government Bye-Elections
In accordance with Election Rule 16(1) of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 2:01, Returning Officers and by extension the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) are to, as soon as practicable after Nomination Day, give notice of the following:
- The day on which and the hours during which the poll will be taken;
- The location of each polling station;
- The name, address, occupation of each candidate for election as given on his/her nomination papers and the symbol of the political party to which he/she is affiliated. In the case of independent candidates, the symbol that is assigned to them is also made public.
The Notice of Taking a Poll for the 2021 Tobago House of Assembly Elections can be accessed here.
The Notice of Taking a Poll for the 2021 Local Government Bye-Elections can be found here.
Forms for the Appointment of Polling Agent and Special Polling Agent
January 14, 2021
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