Chairman of the Dominica Electoral Commission, Gerald Burton, says that “the voter’s identification card system will facilitate the voting process for general elections”.
This was said at an Eggs and Issues conference hosted by the Dominica Associated Industry of Commerce (DAIC).
Burton mentioned that electoral officers often face challenges in identifying voters due to a number of reasons.
Making reference to Section 19 of the registration of election act Burton said, “It is to be noted and is often quoted, that the existing law makes provision for the chief elections officer to cause Identification cards containing prescribed information to be issued.”
Burton went on to say that the Electoral Commission has pursued the implementation of an Identification system with accompany cards which will include the bio-metric data of each voter respectively.
“To include along with his name and registration number, his signature, his picture and his finger print. This will put us in step with the vast majority of other Commonwealth Caribbean countries which have already implemented such practices.”