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No deadline for re-issuing voter identification card

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by Linda Straker

  • All cards issued between 2012 and 2019 become expired on 31 January 2020
  • Almost 80,000 persons are currently registered on the Voters List

There is no deadline for registered voters to be re-issued with new voter cards when the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) begins the process on 1 February 2020.

Due to a software glitz at the time of developing the new electronic fingerprint system, all voting cards issued between 2012 and 2019 will expire on 31 January 2020. The software was developed by 3M, a Canadian company that is no longer in operation.

Following the relevant approval of amendments to the Representation of the People Act, the new fingerprint system came into effect in 2012 during the reign of the Tillman Thomas administration when Judy Benoit was the Supervisor of Election.

Ferdinand Phillip, Civic and Education Officer at the PEO said that as of 1 February, persons with all the pre-requisite documents can visit the relevant sub-parliamentary office in each constituency to apply for a new card. “There is no deadline for when the process will end but it will commence on 1 February,” he said, explaining that persons can use the opportunity to update their information in the system.

In a news conference last week Friday, Michael Millette, System Administrator said that persons who would have changed constituency or names through marriage and other legal means can present the updated information to the Returning Officer at the constituency office.

Grenada has an ongoing registration system and almost 80,000 persons are currently registered on the Voters List, some of whom are deceased.

Millette said that a name on the list will only be removed when all the necessary legal steps are taken — included a legal directive from the Births and Death office — to have the name expunged from the list. Once the re-issued application is processed, a new card will be issued in two weeks.

When questioned as to what impact the re-issuing of cards could have if an election was called before completion, Phillip said that all eligible voters in the system will be allowed to vote. “The names of all registered voters are already in the system. What we are doing is re-issuing a card that contains an expiry date,” he explained.

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Notice: St Paul’s public road

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The Traffic Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) wishes to advise the general public and in particular, motorists travelling via the St Paul’s public road that effective 1 pm on Friday, 17 January 2020 vehicles travelling in a south-westerly direction, after leaving Perdmontemps, should make a right turn onto Good Hope roadway travelling through Mardigras and continuing on.

This temporary traffic arrangement is to facilitate a funeral service at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, St Paul’s, St George.

Normal traffic flow will resume thereafter.

Office of Commissioner of Police

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Tax obligations for carnival mas’ bands

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The Inland Revenue Division (IRD) wishes to remind the general public that, the sale of “Fancy Mas” carnival costumes and Monday Night Mas’ packages will attract a 15% VAT as of the 2020 tax period.

As communicated last year in the 11 June 2019 news release, this is in keeping with the provisions of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act 2009.

Band leaders are encouraged to come into the Division to regularise their registration status before 15 February 2020.

Bandleaders, who have formed a company or alternately operate in their own name (Sole Trader), please note the following for:

  • A Company structure: the requirement would be to file and pay Corporation Income Tax along with other applicable taxes.
  • A Sole Trader structure: the requirement would be to file and pay Personal Income Tax, along with other applicable taxes.

Please also be reminded that in accordance with the provisions of the VAT Act, prices quoted by promoters on tickets for all public entertainment events should be VAT INCLUSIVE.

Inland Revenue, Division Striving for Greater Taxpayer Compliance.

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Boca drug bust | NOW Grenada

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A 35-year-old Fontenoy, St George, resident has been remanded in custody after appearing in court in connection with the seizure of 126 pounds of cannabis.

Charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug and Trafficking in of a Controlled Drug, Avarnell Antoine appeared at the St George’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, where he was denied bail.

Antoine is alleged to be one of the occupants in a vehicle that was involved in a drug bust in the Boca, St George area on 29 December 2019.

Police investigations continue.

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