FAQ

FAQ

GENERAL FAQ

How many constituencies are there?

There are 36 constituencies.

What are the largest constituencies?

All constituencies are designed to be relatively equal in size.

How many candidates can win in each constituency?

One candidate can win in each constituency.

How often is a General Election held?

The Premier may call a General Election at any time during the life of a Parliament which is five years.

Can anyone run in General Election?

There are criteria: The person must be Bermudian and over 21 years of age. They must be nominated for a constituency by two people who are registered in that constituency and they must pay $250 to the Accountant General. The deposit is returned if the candidate polls more than one-eighth of the votes cast.

What is a bye-election?

A bye-election is held to elect a new Member of Parliament when a sitting Member dies or resigns his or her seat. This must be held within two months of the vacancy.

What is Nomination Day?

Nomination Day is the day on which candidates are nominated. Polling stations are open to accept Nominations between 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. After that time, no one else can be selected as a candidate.

Do I have to be registered to vote?

All voters must be registered in the constituency in which they live in order to vote. Registration takes place throughout the year. If you move to another constituency or change your name, you must register that change with the Parliamentary Registrar within 28 days of the change.

Why does a voter have to register?

Voters must be registered so that a list of voters can be prepared in advance of an election to determine numbers of voters, and also to ensure that everyone who comes to vote is eligible.

Who can register to vote?

Persons can register to vote if they are Bermudian and 18 years of age or older, or non-Bermudian Commonwealth citizens who were registered to vote on 1st May 1976.

How can I tell if I am registered?

Registration lists are always on display at all post offices, police stations, the library, and the Parliamentary Registry.

Can I vote if I will be off the island or in hospital on polling day?

Persons who expect to be off the island or in hospital on polling day, may vote at an advanced poll approximately one week before. Certificates of intended absence or incapacity are required.

Where do I go to vote on Election Day?

Voters vote in the constituency in which they are registered. A list of polling stations is published prior to Election Day, in the newspaper and on our website at www.elections.gov.bm.

Do I need identification in order to vote?

Yes. Every voter MUST show Identification to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a commonwealth passport, a Bermuda driver’s license, a Special Persons Card, Voters Identification Card or an employee identification card with a photo, signature and date of birth.

How long are the polling stations open?

The polling stations open at 8.00 a.m. and close at 8.00 p.m.

Are votes counted before the polls close?

No votes are counted until after the polls close.

How are the votes counted?

The officers in charge of the election appointed to do so count the votes in each constituency at the close of the polls.

How many Members of Parliament are there?

Thirty-six (36) Members of Parliament make up the House of Assembly.

When does the House of Assembly meet?

The House of Assembly meets on Fridays when in session.

NOMINATION DAY FAQ

When are Nominations accepted?

Nomination period for the Nomination of Candidates will be held between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Nomination day at the election room appointed for the parliamentary election. No nominations will be accepted before or after the specified period. Nomination papers will be available from our offices commencing with the issue of the Writ of elections.

What is the format required for Nominations?

Nominations should be presented to the Returning Office on the Nomination papers provided by the Parliamentary Registry Office, or in the prescribed form. The nomination paper must be delivered in duplicate to the Returning Officer either by the intended candidate or by his proposer or seconder at the polling place in which the candidate is standing for election and between the hours specified for accepting nominations. The nomination paper must be signed in duplicate by two parliamentary electors whose names are included in the parliamentary register for the constituency concerned. One as the Proposer and one as the Seconder, neither of who can have been the Proposer or Seconder for the nomination of another candidate at that parliamentary election. The candidate cannot be nominated in any other constituency. All information regarding the candidate must be completed and the candidate is required to sign the form in duplicate. Any candidate endorsed by a political party must present a letter with their nomination papers from or on behalf of the chairman of the party stating that the candidate is endorsed by the party. All other candidates will be described as “independent” candidates.

Is there a fee to run in a parliamentary election?

Yes. The amount of $250.00 must be paid to the Accountant General on behalf of the candidate. An official receipt must be presented along with the nomination paper to the Returning Officer as proof of the deposit being made to the Accountant General’s office on behalf of the candidate.

Will I receive the deposit of $250.00 back?

Any candidate who receives in excess of 1/8th of the total ballots cast is entitled to the reimbursement of the deposit of $250 from the Accountant General’s Department.

As a candidate am I allowed to have representatives within the polling station?

Yes. As a candidate you are entitled to have “election agents” represent you within the polling station. You are allowed one agent for every election table and one agent to act as a courier or messenger. During the count of ballots you are entitled to have up to 4 persons present, including yourself as the candidate.

What is the 7-meter line?

The seven-meter line is the demarcation point in which candidates are not allowed to go beyond when greeting voters. This is to give voters free and un-inhibited access to and from the polling station.

What is a Writ of Election?

A writ of Election is issued to commence the start of a Parliamentary Election. It names the polling day, constituency, election room and the nomination day.

What are some of the important dates to remember in a run-up to an election?

One of the more important periods to remember is the seven-day registration period after the Writ is published. When canvassing, no constituent after the seven-day period if not registered, will be able have their name placed on the register in order to vote. Advanced polls for travelers and the handicapped persons will take place on a date appointed by the Registrar Between 8:00am and 8:00pm. Advanced polls for institutions will take place on a day appointed not earlier than seven days prior to Election Day, commencing at 9:00am.

Do I have to disclose my interest in government contracts?

Yes, all nominated candidates are required to disclose any interest in any Government contract within seven (7) days of their nomination as a candidate for election. This disclosure must include the nature of the contract and the interest by means of a notice published in the Gazette or in a newspaper published and circulating in Bermuda. You should also review the Qualifications and Disqualification for election as set out in the Parliamentary Election Act 1978, the Bermuda Constitution Order, 1968, and the Legislature (Qualification and Disqualification) Act 1968

VOTER  ELIGIBILTY FAQ

Do I have to be registered to vote?

All voters must be registered in the constituency in which they live in order to vote. Registration takes place throughout the year. If you move to another constituency or change your name, you must register that change with the Parliamentary Registrar within 28 days of the change.

Why does a voter have to register?

Voters must be registered so that a list of voters can be prepared in advance of an election to determine numbers of voters, and also to ensure that everyone who comes to vote is eligible.

Who can register to vote?

Persons can register to vote if they are Bermudian and 18 years of age or older, or non-Bermudian Commonwealth citizens who were registered to vote on 1st May 1976. Persons who are not ordinarily resident in Bermuda if they reside outside of Bermuda for more than 6 months

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How can I tell if I am registered?

Registration lists are always on display at all post offices, police stations, the library, the office of the Parliamentary Registrar and online at www.elections.gov.bm.

Can I vote if I will be off the island or in hospital on polling day?

Persons who expect to be off the island or in hospital on polling day, may vote at an advanced poll approximately one week before. Certificates of intended absence or incapacity are required.