3 Lawyer questions for the Nov 5 elections

By Demion McTair. Updated 1:55 a.m., Friday, October 9, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Discussion: Vincentians will go to the polls on Thursday, November 5, 2020 to elect a new government to manage the affairs of the country for the next five years.

Parliament will be dissolved today (October 9) and Nomination Day is October 20, 2020.

In this environment made peculiar by the COVID-19 pandemic, several questions arise. Here are 3 of them:

  1. Can persons in mandatory quarantine and/isolation (whose names are on the voters’ list) be allowed to vote?

2. Can an individual be legally nominated to contest the election in a constituency if he/she has not been domiciled in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the last 12 months, as stipulated in section 25 (1) b of the Constitution of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines?

“Subject to the provisions of section 26 of this constitution, a person shall be qualified to be elected as a
representative if, and shall not be so qualified unless, he-
a. is a Commonwealth citizen of the age of twenty-one years or upwards
b. has resided in Saint Vincent for a period of twelve months immediately before the date of his nominations for
election or is domiciled and resident in Saint Vincent at that date” – Section 25 of the Constitution.

3. What happens to a bill which has not reached its third reading and Parliament has dissolved?

One News SVG will be looking into these questions in the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to add any other relevant questions to the list in the comments section.

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