The City of Hamilton, in preparation for the scheduled Ordinary Municipal Elections due to take place in May 2022, is “encouraging all Business Ratepayers in the City of Hamilton to ensure that their registration details are up to date”.
In a statement released on Sunday (Sept 26), Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling said: “The Parliamentary Registrar is currently in the process of reviewing the voters list, as is required by law, for the upcoming Municipal Elections in May.
“It is important to note that while residents, if they are on the Parliamentary Registry, are automatically registered on the Municipal lists, Bermuda businesses are required to register and ensure their information is current. The process enables a broader electoral base where the community can be better served.
“I want to unreservedly encourage all eligible City businesses to register if they have not done so already. I can appreciate the tiresome nature of engaging in any application process, but this should not deter individuals from using their democratic right to choose the best representatives for the people,” he added.
A Business Ratepayer is eligible to register for a municipal election if:
- he/she is a Sole Proprietor, Company Association, Partnership or Commercial Property owner within the Municipality
- he/she is eligible to be charged rates within the respective Municipal Area
- he/she is registered on the Parliamentary Register in another constituency outside of the Municipal Area for which he is eligible to be charged rates
- the Company/Business is not a subsidiary of other Business Ratepayers, Exempted Companies and Exempted Partnerships
Each Business Ratepayer is entitled to one vote only. If a Business Ratepayer is also a resident of the Municipality, they must vote as a resident and nominate someone to cast their vote as a Business Ratepayer.
Business Ratepayer Registration Forms are available at the Parliamentary Registry on the 3rd Floor of the Craig Appin House, Wesley Street. Completed application forms must be returned to the Parliamentary Registry along with all required documentation.
Those who are already listed on the Business Ratepayers Register do not need to re-register unless changes need to be made to their existing details. Please check the Business Ratepayers Register here to ensure your details are correct, including the following:
- Assessment number and address of the building you occupy or own
- Name and address of the nominee
- Contact information for the business owner or building owner
- If you are a building owner please ensure that all units owned are properly labeled as occupied or vacant
Once you have completed/revised the form, please return it to the office of the Parliamentary Registrar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that they can update their records accordingly.
For further assistance please contact the Parliamentary Registry directly on 293-VOTE or at the above-mentioned email address.