The Parliamentary Registrar has announced the 2019 Municipal election to be held on Thursday, May 9th.
Registration Ends on April 3rd
Nomination Day will be Thursday, April 25th
Advanced Polling day will be Thursday, May 2nd
Polling Day will be Thursday, May 9th
City Resident rate-payers are automatically registered to vote if their name and address appear on the Parliamentary Register as resident in the City. Any City residents who have turned eighteen since the last parliamentary election should be sure they are on the register.
Registration for the Business-rate-payers is not automatic. The deadline to register to vote or to change Nominees for Owners and Occupiers of commercial properties located within the municipality will close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. No registrations or changes to the register will be accepted after this date. If business rate-payers have not registered by this time, they will not be afforded the right to vote. Registration forms can be obtained from the Parliamentary Registrar’s office in the Craig Appin House on Wesley Street.
ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION AS A BUSINESS RATEPAYER
A Business Ratepayer is eligible to register for a municipal election if:
- he/she is a Sole Proprietor, Company Association, Partnership or Commercial Property owner within the Municipality
- he/she is eligible to be charged rates within the respective Municipal Area
- he/she is registered on the Parliamentary Register in another constituency outside of the Municipal Area for which he is eligible to be charged rates
- the Company/Business is not a subsidiary of other Business Ratepayers, Exempted Companies and Exempted Partnerships
For an overview of the business rate-payers vote and eligibility, click here.
Those businesses that were registered to vote in the municipal 2015 election are encouraged to confirm their registration with the Parliamentary Registrar’s office by checking your registration on their website or by calling their offices at 293-VOTE (8683). Business rate-payers must ensure that their nominee appointed to vote on their behalf will be on island on May 9th (Polling Day) in order to vote.
Hamilton Mayor, Charles Gosling, said, “This is an important time for the City. Eligible business rate-payers are urged to exercise their democratic right and ensure they are registered to vote in the upcoming election. The battle to preserve the electoral process in the municipalities is ongoing but a strong voter turnout will speak volumes. The rate-payers shouldn’t be forced to settle for taxation without representation and there is no representation without registration.”