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Reminder: Deadline to register new political parties November 23, 2017

The Electoral Council of Sint Maarten hereby reminds any prospective political party that in order to participate in the parliamentary elections on February 26, 2018, it is required to apply for the registration of the party and its reference with the Electoral Council no later than Thursday, November 23, 2017.

According to article 16 of the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties: new parties must submit a written application to register the party with the Electoral Council. Together with the application for registration of the political party, the following documents should be submitted:

a) Notarial deed containing the Articles of Association of the party;

b) Excerpt from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

c) Statement containing the appointment of the party’s authorized representative and authorized deputy representative;

d) Application for registration of the reference which is to be placed above the list of candidates.

Failure to apply for registration by the deadline will result in the party not being able to contest the upcoming elections.

In addition, the Electoral Council would like to remind existing political parties that wish to change the previously registered reference above the list of candidates, that they are required to do so no later than November 23, 2017.

Since the Electoral Council does not have an office, the Electoral Council will be available to receive applications to register new political parties and/or references on Thursday, November 23, 2017, from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at the Government Building, in Conference Room #1. No appointment is needed. For more information, please visit the website of the Electoral Council, www.ecsxm.org, or send an email to info@ecsxm.org.

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