Thursday 4 November 2021
A General Election provides for the 8 Members of the Legislative Assembly to be elected; 5 for Stanley and 3 for Camp. This means that if you are in the Stanley constituency you are allowed up to a maximum of 5 votes, likewise in the Camp Constituency you are allowed up to a maximum of 3 votes
Am I qualified to apply for registration?
In order to be eligible for registration as an elector, the applicant must be: a British/British Overseas Territory/ British Overseas citizen; and a Falkland Islands status holder; and aged 18 years or over; and resident in the Falkland Islands: (a) on the date of application; and (b) for the 12 months preceding the application; or may be treated as being so resident under the Electoral Ordinance. You will need to apply to become an elector.
What is Falkland Islands Status?
Falkland Islands Status can be acquired in different ways, including by birth, and by application under the Falkland Islands Status Ordinance.
It has the meaning given to it by section 22(5) of the Falkland Islands Constitution. If you are unsure of your status please contact the Customs and Immigration Department on 27340.
What does it mean that I have to be “resident”?
Resident in the Falkland Islands normally means being physically present in the Falkland Islands. But, in some circumstances, you may be treated as being resident even though you were not in the Falkland Islands on a particular date or for a relevant period.
A number of factors will be taken into account in determining whether you are resident in the Falkland Islands, including the purpose of any absence; the circumstances of any absence; whether you have a home in the Falkland Islands; whether you have a home outside of the Falkland Islands;
In particular, absences from the Falkland Islands will be ignored for this purpose if: the absence is incidental to your employment; you intend to resume residence in the Falkland Islands; and your permanent home is in the Falkland Islands; the reason for absence is your attending an educational course; you intend to resume residence in the Falkland Islands; and your permanent home is in the Falkland Islands.
Are there any exceptions to qualification for registration?
There are very few exceptions; for example, a person serving a sentence of imprisonment of more than 12 months.
Application for a Postal Vote
Any elector may apply to vote at an election by post by requesting an application form from the Registry Office or completing the online form. The instructions on how to vote by post will be sent to you with your ballot paper. Please ensure you read this carefully before submitting your vote.
Application for Proxy Vote
Any elector may apply to have a Proxy Vote by requesting an application form from the Registry Office or completing the online form. This enables an elector to choose someone on the Register of Electors in the same constituency to vote on their behalf. Please note: a proxy voter can only be proxy for up to 2 other people and will need to sign a consent form to act as proxy.
Application for a Postal Proxy Vote
Any elector may apply to have a Postal Proxy Vote by requesting an application form from the Registry Office or completing the form online. This enables an elector to choose someone on the Register of Electors in the same constituency to vote on their behalf by post.