How to Vote

Do I need to register to vote?

No. The Civil Status and Passport Department (CSPD) creates a list of the names of eligible voters based on the place of residence of the voter in CSPD records and assigns them to the districts identified under Article 4/B of the Election Law and the Bylaw issued.

What rights do citizens have in challenging or requesting corrections on the voters' list?

Article 4/I/1 of the Election Law says, “Any voter whose name is in the preliminary voter lists may lodge an objection to the Commission concerning the registration of other persons in the preliminary voter lists in his/her electoral district within seven days as of the day following the date on which the lists are put on display by the heads of elections. The voter shall attach the necessary documents in support of his/her objection.”

Article 4/G/4 of the Election Law says, “Any voter who finds an error in his/her data in the preliminary lists, or who has changed his/her place of residence, may submit a written request to the Department to correct the mistake or observe the change.”

How do I vote?

What documents do I need to bring to the polling center?

In order to exercise their right to vote, voters should bring their personal identity card issued by the Civil Status & Passports Department (CSPD).

What do the ballots look like and how do voters fill them?

The ballots have been designed as ballot booklets for each electoral district. The voter has to mark the name, number or logo of only one list in the booklet and then mark the name(s) of one or more of the candidates only in the same list he/she has marked.

What are the polling procedures in place for voters with specific needs?

1- What are the polling procedures for the illiterate?
The ballot booklet includes a logo for each list and the photos of the candidates. Voters are only asked to mark these so illiterate voters would not face the problem of having to write anything and would not need to have someone assist them to identify their desired list and candidates.

2- What are the polling procedures for disabled voters such as the blind?

The IEC has adopted procedures to allow voters who are unable to vote by themselves to vote with the assistance of an ‘escort’ of their choice. An escort must be an eligible voter and may assist only one voter. (Each escort is required to place their right index finger in indelible ink). Voters who require assistance and have not brought an escort may request the PCC Chair to assist. The IEC has conducted an assessment of all polling facilities for the last election, including to ensure that premises are accessible to voters with mobility difficulties. Priority for voting in the queue is given to voters who are disabled, elderly or pregnant. Voter information materials have also been made available in braille and with sign language.

What are the opening and closing times for polling centers?

The polling process starts at 7:00 am and ends at 7:00 pm unless there is an extension.

When will polling officials exercise their right to vote?

Polling officials whose names are registered at the center where they are working are permitted to vote but in a polling station/room other than the one they are working in. This does not apply to the volunteers working the polling and counting center. Volunteers can travel to the center where their names are registered at an appropriate time as per their agreement with the center manager. If the name(s) of one or more of the officials do not exist in the final voter list of the center where they are working, the head of the polling and counting committee can permit them to leave in rotation for no more than half an hour to vote at their center. The head of the polling and counting committee, however, can never leave the center.