No metal detectors at polling stations

There will be no metal detectors at polling stations during the September 26 elections, police Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout said last week at a press briefing of the Central Voting Bureau. “We do not have enough quantity,” he said.

When Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo published the measures surrounding the elections he stated that cell phones would be prohibited in the polling stations and that metal detectors would be used to check voters.
Now it appears that there is no legislation in place to forbid citizens from entering a polling station with a cell phone, so the measure has come to naught.
Jason Rogers, the chairman of the Central Voting Bureau said that “depending on the circumstances” the chairman of each individual polling station could ask voters to leave their cell phone behind before entering the voting booth.
There will be twenty polling stations, each manned by a 5-strong team, putting the number of volunteers to do this job at a round one hundred. On Wednesday the volunteers attended a first instruction meeting. Next week Wednesday and Thursday, two more meetings will follow to make the volunteers familiar with all procedures.
The polling stations will open their doors on Election Day at 8 a.m. and theory will close at 8 p.m. Police will be present at each polling station and set up barriers to keep the area of waiting voters free of the influence of political parties. When the clock strikes eight in the evening, a policeman will stand behind the last voter in line to indicate that the polls are closed. Voters who arrive after 8 p.m. will not be able to cast their vote.
The Central Voting Bureau will move its headquarters on Election Day from the Claude Wathey Legislative Hall to the parliament building.
Kathy Snijder of the Census Office told the media at the press briefing that the voting cards that have been returned by the post office or by residents can be picked up by voters starting next week Monday from 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Election Day the department of communication will provide hourly updates starting at 9 a.m. via Cable TV and via the live stream of the parliament website.
At 8 p.m. Election Watch Night will take over the live broadcast and provide the results as they come in. DCOMM will place two giant video screens on the Cyrus Wathey Square for the public to follow the broadcast. At the end of the evening, Jason Rogers will announce the results of the election.
All police officers will be working on Election Day, Chief Commissioner Carl John said; around 30 officers of the VKS will assist. There will also be regular patrols and team in place to maintain public order, though John said that during past elections the main concern was the flow of traffic.
Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout asked the electorate to use the morning hours to vote and not to wait until the last minute. “In the evening, when you are not within the barriers at your polling station, you are too late,” he warned.
Rogers noted that employers have to grant employees who have no opportunity to cast their vote outside working hours, a maximum of two hours during working hours to cast their vote.

Hilbert Haar (Today)