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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 20:25

Turks and Caicos Islanders have until June 29 to register to vote and to obtain Belonger cards, and government announced June 21 that registered unemployed persons can get free birth certificates that are required to prove Belongership.

Only 4,269 people have registered as of June 20, just over half of the approximately 7,000 who voted in the last election in 2007.

"The governor and the Ministry have been listening carefully to the public concerns and the representations made by the political parties and concerned citizens about the difficulties experienced by the unemployed. In order to facilitate those who are unemployed who have not registered and still wish to do so, with immediate effect, and for the remaining eight days of registration, Belongers who are registered as unemployed with the Ministry of Border Control and Labour on or before June 20 will have the $20 fee for birth certificate waived," the announcement said.

Obtaining a Belonger card is currently free, but one or more original unlaminated birth certificates are required for registration. For those who do not have birth certificates, the $40 fee for obtaining birth certificates was reduced to $20 until June 29. After June 29, the birth certificate fee will return to $40, and a fee that has not yet been determined will be charged for Belonger cards.

The ministry also says many people have presented their passports to prove their status, but that passports do not bear the names and birth place of parents on whose Belonger status they are relying. Original copies of birth certificates required for persons born inside the TCI after Dec. 31, 1982, or outside the TCI at anytime, the ministry said.

The Ministry of Border Control and Labour says that a number of birth certificates are awaiting collection at the Sam’s Building on Providenciales, Franklyn Misick’s Building on Grand Turk or at the District Commissioner’s Offices on South Caicos, North Caicos, Salt Cay and Middle Caicos.

“Individuals who have intentions of registering and need to apply for a birth certificate are notified that they must make an application for the birth certificate by Friday, June 22, in order to receive it before the registration period comes to an end,” the ministry said.

For additional information on obtaining birth certificates, call 946-2801 extension 41701 on Grand Turk or extension 81431 or 81433 on Providenciales.
For further information, visit the government’s website at www.gov.tc.

Contact the Elections Office at 946-2801 extension 11701/2 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contact the Ministry of Border Control and Labour at 946-2801 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Registration locations
The deadline for registration is June 29.

Providenciales
Town Centre Mall, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Elections Office, Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Grand Turk
Elections Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Elections Office, Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

North Caicos, South Caicos
District Commissioner’s Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Salt Cay, Middle Caicos
District Commissioner’s Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 18:07
 

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