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The genesis for a permanent voter register

Dear Editor,

I write to set the record straight on the creation/genesis of the now-permanent 2017 voter register.

I am encouraged by Jesus’ advice/instruction in Matthew 5:16:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” And so I do.

God, in His divine providence, has honored and enabled the undersigned to serve as parliamentary commissioner from November 2012 to May 4, 2017.

The record will show that I successfully conducted, coordinated and hosted the referendum on web shops to legalize gambling on Monday, January 28, 2013, as well as the constitutional gender equality referendum on June 7, 2016.

During the referenda and elections, advanced poll voting was also held at 13 Bahamian embassies and foreign missions at the following overseas locations: London, UK; Geneva, Switzerland; Beijing, China; Ottawa, Canada; Washington, DC; New York; Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida; Haiti; Havana, Cuba; Kingston, Jamaica; Trinidad, and Bridgetown Barbados.

During my tenure, I also conducted local government elections in the Family Islands on June 23, 2014, and school board elections on October 28, 2014.

The genesis of the continuous permanent (electoral) voter register is as follows: 

With the assistance of public servants within the Parliamentary Registration Department, I created and instituted the 2017 electoral register of voters on July 15, 2016, that has now evolved into the continuous (permanent) voter register, to the glory of God.

I also prepared all of the electoral paraphernalia and protocols to conduct the general election on Wednesday 10, May 2017.

On Friday, May 4, 2017, my three-year contract as parliamentary commissioner expired.

I demitted office that same day and Charles Albury was subsequently appointed as acting parliamentary commissioner on May 5, 2017.

I thank God for His divine providence, and the support of former PM Perry Christie and his Cabinet, in affording me the opportunity to serve our nation in the capacity of parliamentary commissioner.

May God Almighty continue to bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Sherlyn W. Hall, JP

Retired Parliamentary
Commissioner

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