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WITH PROPOSED CHANGES, FAILURE TO PERIODICALLY REMOVE DEAD VOTERS’ NAMES COULD BE PUNISHABLE BY LAW

Failure to periodically remove the names of dead people from the voters’ list could soon be punishable by law, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall said on Tuesday. The measure is part of the amendments proposed through the ongoing process of electoral reform- specifically on the country’s main electoral law, the Representation of the People Act. This Act allows for people to be registered to vote once they meet certain requirements. It also allows for electors to be removed from the voters’ list when they die. The removal of dead people from the list has been a topical matter, and Nandlall explained that the Chief Registration Officer should remove those names at regular intervals. This responsibility will be clearly defined in the forthcoming amendments.

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