Compulsory voting looms for 2021 Election

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The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963 and contains close to 80 amendments.

The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963 and contains close to 80 amendments. (Photo: Samoa Observer/File)

Mandatory voting for all registered voters is on the cards for the upcoming 2021 General Election.

That’s if the Electoral Bill 2018 now before Parliament is approved.

The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963 and contains close to 80 amendments.

One the amendments is for compulsory voting for all registered voters cited in Clause 63;  which provides that it is a compulsory for every registered person to cast a vote. 

“Failure to do so will incur a penalty of $100.00 unless valid or sufficient reasons for not voting are provided to the Commissioner,” said the new pending law.

Currently, its compulsory for those who have satisfied the eligibility required under the electoral act to register but not mandatory for them to cast their ballots during elections.

Also included in the new amendments is the time frame for voters transfer.

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