Supervisor of Elections Mr. Lister Dudley Lewis has advised that the Turks and Caicos Islands Register of Electors is currently being updated and a new Register to be published on March 31, 2017.
Individuals who are not on the current register but who wish to be included in the new Register of Electors will have until November 30, 2016 to contact the Elections Office with the relevant documentation.
Registration for the Register of Electors is an ongoing process, however, under the Elections Ordinance; an updated Register is due on March 31 in each year.
Mr. Lewis encourage persons to apply to be included on the Register especially those who have turned 17 years old since 1st March 2016, also those persons who are over 18 and did not apply to join previous registers.
He noted; “Eligible voters on the present Register of Electors do not need to re-apply to be included in the new one. They will be automatically included unless they notify the Elections Office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet the eligibility criteria. This includes being resident in the TCI for at least 12 out of 24 months”.
The Elections Supervisor advises that his office will await the approval of applicants TC Islander status by the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services before he will consider approving their application to add their name to the Preliminary List and Register of Electors.
Potential new Electors he said should complete the required voter registration application form and those who have already obtained the Status Card, but did not submit an application form are encouraged to prepare and submit it during this process.
Mr. Lewis further advises that if persons do not register, their names will not be added to the Preliminary List or Register for 2017.
Application forms for inclusion on the TCI Register of Electors may be collected from the Election Office Woodville Court Pond Street, Grand Turk opposite the Police Station, Elections Office Providenciales Butterfield Square or the District Commissioner’s Officers in Salt Cay, South Caicos, Middle Caicos (Conch Bar) and North Caicos (Bottle Creek).
For further information on the electoral registration process, please contact the Elections Office, Grand Turk (Telephone 946-2558 or 1 649-338-2302) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or Providenciales Elections Office (Telephone 1-649-338-4681).
For further information on the verification of TC Islander status and the issuing of TC Islander Status Cards, please contact Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services.
Lister Dudley Lewis
Supervisor of Elections

Conch and Stone Crab Season to Resume

Saturday, 15 October 2016, will see the resumption of the conch season. The open season allows the export of conch meat (fresh or dried), conch pearls, conch shells and conch shell products. 
You are reminded of the following restrictions: 
• Conch shells: size restriction of a minimum of 7 inches; export of 4 or more shells requires a CITES permit applied for through DEMA; and
• Conch meat: when removed from the shell, of a total weight of 8 ounces after the removal of the digestive gland.
Please also take note the on Sunday, 16 October 2016, Stone Crab Season will resume and remain open until 31 May, 2017; as per Regulation 12 (1) b of the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, as amended. 
Please contact the department for clarifications pertaining to the above matter at Tel. 338-4170 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please also visit our website to familiarise yourself with the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, 


As a joint effort between the Drug Prevention Foundation and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, a Half-Way House is coming soon to the island of Providenciales.  This project is designed to assist in the re-integration of drug offenders placed on parole by the courts and to serve as an aftercare program for substance abuse clients who have completed inpatient services but need additional support. 
It is also intended that this facility will serve as a custodial program for alternative sentencing of first time non-violent drug offenders. According to the president of the Drug Prevention Foundation, “this program will increase the participant’s ability to function in a socially acceptable manner and reduce their reliance on criminal behaviour as well as drugs/ alcohol and ultimately make the community at large a safer place”
Other expected benefits of the project include:
• Reduction in recidivism among drug offenders
• Reduction in numbers of drug offenders
• Reduction in drug related crimes
• Reduction in the level of poverty associated with loss of income resources to substance abuse 
• Maintenance of treatment gains by patients sent abroad for inpatient rehabilitation
The site for this new facility will be on South Dock Road, Providenciales and a ground breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday October 21st at 11:00am. 
For further information on this project, kindly contact the Drug Prevention Foundation on 347-2424 or the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department at: 338-3613 in Grand Turk, or 338-4737 in Providenciales.