Register to Vote!

Am I entitled to vote?

To be able to vote you must to be registered on the Register of Electors.

Am I qualified to apply for registration?
To make a successful application for registration as an elector you must satisfy one of the following two categories:
(a) you are eighteen or over;
(b) you are a citizen (that means a British citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British Overseas citizen);
(c) you have Falkland Islands status;
(d) you are resident in the Falkland Islands on the date of your application; and
(e) you were resident in the Falkland Islands for the 12 months before the date of your application.

OR


(a) your name was on the Register of Electors on 1 January 2009;
(b) you are resident in the Falkland Islands on the date of your application; and
(c) you were resident in the Falkland Islands for the 12 months before the date of your application.
(derived from section 32 of the Constitution and Part 2 of the Electoral Ordinance)

e-mail: immigrationofficer@customs.gov.fk

What is Falkland Islands Status?

Falkland Islands Status can be acquired in many 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 Order 2008.

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. 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, an absence from the Falkland Islands will be ignored for this purpose if:
* the absence is incidental to your employment; and
* you intend to resume residence in the Falkland Islands; and
* your permanent home is in the Falkland Islands;
OR
* the reason for absence is you are attending an educational course; and
* 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. Further exceptions can be found in section 32(2) Falkland Islands Constitution Order 2008.

Right to appeal


Under section 19 of the Electoral Ordinance a person has a right to appeal the decision of the Registration Officer to the Magistrate’s Court.
Legal advice would be recommended.

Files:
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Postal, Proxy or Proxy Postal Votes


If you are unable to attend on polling day there are 3 alternative options to vote. These are;

Postal vote applications – you can vote by post

To vote by post you will need to submit a Postal Vote Application Form. Should you chose this method to vote, your ballot paper will be posted to you in advance of the polling day and will need to be returned by a deadline which you will be notified of.


Proxy vote applications – a person nominated by you can vote on your behalf

To nominate a person to vote on your behalf you will need to complete a Proxy Voting Application Form. This will mean that on polling day your nominated person will be given a ballot paper to complete and submit on your behalf.

Postal Proxy Voting – a person nominated by you to vote on your behalf can apply to vote by post

If you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, they may apply to submit your vote by post. They may only do this if they are already a postal voter for their personal vote or they are applying for their own postal vote at the same time.