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Antigua-Barbuda PM not yet ready to name election date
Published on April 30, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Following the automatic dissolution of the Antigua and Barbuda parliament pursuant to the country’s constitution on Saturday and handing down of two court of appeal rulings on election challenges on Monday, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said he will name the date for the 2014 general elections as soon as he considers it to be in the best interest of the nation to do so.

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Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
General elections are now constitutionally due no later than July 25.

However, according to Spencer, the Electoral Commission must complete hearing and determining claims and objections and must publish thereafter a full list of the registered electors in each constituency before he can call the election date.

“I have been advised that this is still a work in progress and that publication of the full list of registered electors in all constituencies is imminent. I had also advised the population at large that, in addition I must be satisfied that the Electoral Commission is in a state of readiness, which includes the issuance of the required voter ID cards,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Spencer called upon all parties involved in or participating in the election process as well as all citizens and residents to exercise maturity and good judgment as the contending political parties heighten their election campaigns.
 
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