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Parliament Approves New Residency Requirements For Voters

By Clive Bacchus

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The National Election Amendment Bill (2020), passed in parliament on Thursday (October 15), requires citizens to register to vote in constituencies where they live.

Citizens of the Federation and CARICOM Commonwealth citizens have to be resident for 12 months in a constituency to qualify for registration.

Commonwealth Citizens who are not from a CARICOM country have to be resident here for three years before being allowed to vote in elections.

Persons already registered to vote, who move to a new constituency, and live there for more than six months, are required to register to vote in that constituency.

The government maintained that the bill was fit and proper but the opposition questioned the intention and timing of the Bill.

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