Elections preparations move up another notch today when the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) begins printing the ballot papers that will be used by voters on 18th January.
The ballot papers will be printed at ABEC’s offices on the Queen Elizabeth Highway under the supervision of the accounting firm Grant-Thornton.
Spokesman for ABEC, Ian Hughes, said the final list of registered voters will be published on 13th January.
It is a requirement under the law that the final list be published fourteen days, excluding Sundays and public holidays, after the Writ of Elections has been issued.
According to the election oversight body, approximately 60,919 people will be eligible to vote in the 2023 general elections in two weeks.
Meanwhile, the commission is now processing requests from people who may have lost or misplaced their voter identification cards. Hughes said arrangements are being made to process the hundreds of requests that have been made for the issuance of new cards.
He explained that the commission will continue to process these requests right up to election day.
According to Hughes, the commission is pleased with the pace of the preparations ahead of this important exercise in the governance of the country.
Meanwhile, the people who will work on election day began today in the country’s seventeen constituencies. These sessions conclude on Monday.