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Islanders to get ID cards, register to vote beginning April 16 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:13

All Turks and Caicos Islands residents with Belonger status will be able to get identification cards confirming their status during the next three months beginning April 16.

The cards, similar to those issued by the National Health Insurance Board, will be accepted as proof for voting under a proposed amendment to the Immigration Ordinance.

The exercise is a joint effort by the Ministry of Border Control and the Elections Office.

“Registration stations will be set up over the three month period on all the islands, and persons wishing to be registered will be invited to complete application forms which will be made available online and at designated locations throughout the islands,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Border Control Clara Gardiner. “Applicants will also be required to provide supporting documents, including birth and marriage certificates.”

The Immigration Ordinance currently provides for a person to qualify for Belonger status through:

  • Birth, descent or adoption
  • Grant as the spouse of a Belonger, living together, who has been married to the Belonger for at least five years
  • Bestowal in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the economic and social development of the islands (this provision was suspended in 2009).

Currently, only those who are granted Belonger status via marriage or bestowal have certificates confirming their status. The Immigration Department has tried to address this issue in the past by providing a Belonger stamp in a British Overseas Territory Citizen or national passport, or a letter from the director or deputy director of Immigration, but these have raised security and integrity concerns.

The cards will include a magnetic strip, a bar code and a photograph.

The cards will become available to Belongers under 18 following the initial signup.

To register to vote, the Elections Office reminds voters that they must be lawfully registered as an elector on the date of the commencement of the 2012 Constitution or on the qualifying date for elections. To be registered you must:

  • Be at least 18
  • Be resident in the islands for not less than 12 months, in the aggregate, out of the two years immediately proceeding the qualifying date, or, be a member of Her Majesty’s Forces, a person working abroad on government business or a student abroad in such circumstances as may be prescribed by ordinance
  • Be a Turks and Caicos Islander (Belonger).

The Elections Office points out that it is an offence to make a false statement or to submit a document which is false or which has been unlawfully altered.

Click here to see the Belonger registration form

Click here to see the elector registration form

Public registration schedule

Registration and verification of Belonger status and registration as an elector

April 16-May 25, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Town Centre Mall
Surname beginning with
A-H: April 16-20
I-P: April 23-27
General: April 30-May 4
Q-T: May 7-11
U-Z: May 14-18
General: May 21-25

Grand Turk
April 16-May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Elections Office
Surname beginning with
A- H: April 16-20
I-P: April 23-27
Q-Z: April 30-May 4
General: May 7-11

South Caicos
April 18-May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
District Commissioner’s Office

North Caicos
April 23-May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
District Commissioner’s Office

Middle Caicos
April 23-May 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
District Commissioner’s Office

Salt Cay
April 23-30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
District Commissioner’s Office


Last Updated on Monday, 09 April 2012 12:44

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