~ Nomination video online ~
PHILIPSBURG–Chairperson of the Central Voting Bureau, Jason Rogers on Tuesday released the time slots within which the various political parties will be able to submit their list of candidates on Nomination Day, Thursday, November 21.
Each party selected the time slots of their preference to submit their lists. Lists will be submitted at the House of Parliament between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.
Party for Progress (PFP) will be the first party to submit its list between 9:00am and 9:20am; this will be followed by National Alliance (NA), which is scheduled to do so between 11:30am and 11:50am; United People’s (UP) party between 12:30pm and 12:50pm; People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) between 2:00pm and 2:20pm; St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) between 2:30pm and 2:50pm; United Democrats (UD) between 3:00pm and 3:20pm and the United St. Maarten Party (US Party) will submit its list between 3:30pm and 3:50pm.
Rogers said in a press release that only the (deputy) representative of the political parties and/or a candidate (such as a party leader or another desired candidate) will be allowed beyond the point of the public tribune to approach the Central Voting Bureau to submit the list of candidates and give a speech in the event he/she desires. Parties are “urgently requested” to arrive on time.
Candidates and supporters who will be accompanying their party for the submission of lists will be expected to take a seat in the public tribune of the Legislative Hall of Parliament. There will be a seating capacity of 42 for the public. An additional 20 persons will be allowed in the lobby area. As such, only 62 persons at a time will be allowed in the building. This is in connection with the limited space in the building and to ensure the safety of everyone, Rogers said. The Police Force of St. Maarten KPSM will be present to control this.
Interviews with political leaders by the media will not be allowed inside the House of Parliament, due to the limited space upstairs, as well as to maintain an orderly transition between parties, based on the schedule.
In the meantime, the Department of Communication DCOMM said in a separate press release it had interviewed Rogers in an effort to provide information about the country’s electoral process. And as a result of this interview, a short Nomination Day public information video featuring the interview is available via the government of St. Maarten DCOMM SXMGOV Network for public viewing. The video is available at www.sintmaartengov.org; as well as the government of St. Maarten Facebook Page @SXMGOV.
Nomination Day will be transmitted via Parliament’s website and SXMGOV Facebook pages, as well as SXMGOV Radio Station 107.9FM.