Is it compulsory to vote in the elections?

Last updated on April 26, 2011

Yes, it is. Under section 43 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, eligible voters have to vote. Otherwise, their names will be expunged from the register of electors. The names can be restored without penalty provided the person concerned makes a written application and provides a good and sufficient reason for not having recorded a vote. Whether it is a good and sufficient reason or not is decided by the Registration Officer, if it is not a good and sufficient reason, $50 must be paid to the Registration Officer before the name can be restored.