St. Maarten Elections: Result of endorsements of Political Parties

Four of the five non exempted parties obtained the requisite amount of 146 signatures to be endorsed for the Parliementary Elections of September 26th. This result still have to be examined by the Central Voting Bureau.

​On August 8th 2016, the representatives to the Central Voting Bureau of nine (9) political parties have submitted the list of candidates of their respective political parties. As per article 23, paragraph 1 Electoral Ordinance, the lists would need to be endorsed on August 9th 2016, between 09.00hrs and 16.00hrs with an amount of signatures equal to 1% of the valid votes casted during the last Parliamentary Election. The requisite amount of signature is 146. Those parties that have obtained 1 or more seats during the previous Parliamentary Election are exempted from being endorsed, as per paragraph 4 of the aforementioned article.

Below, please find the result of today’s endorsement:

Political Party    Endorsement

 UP            Exempted

HOPE    66

SMCP    221

OSPP    150

PPA            165

SDM       191

DP            Exempted

US Party    Exempted

NA            Exempted

On Friday, August 12th 2016, the Central Voting Bureau will meet to examine the lists that were submitted and shall also take note of the endorsement list of each political party that needed to be endorsed (Article 28, paragraph 1 Electoral Ordinance). 
All parties will be informed on Monday, August 15th 2016 regarding the findings of the Central Voting Bureau and if there are any omissions that need to be remedied. 
Political parties having one or more omission will be granted a period to remedy said omission. 
In accordance with article 30 Electoral Ordinance, there will be a public meeting in which the Central Voting Bureau will decide upon the validity of the lists.