PRESS RELEASE – LIST OF NOMINATED CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2021

 
   

 

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
GRAND TURK, TCI

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January 30, 2021

 

PRESS RELEASELIST OF NOMINATED CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2021

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT     01    GRAND TURK NORTH

  1. Otis Chuck Morris                                                                                                                    PNP
  2. Temard Rudardo Butterfield                                                                                               PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  02    GRAND TURK SOUTH

  1. Edwin Astwood                                                                                                                        PDM
  2. Leshun Sebastian Missick                                                                                                      PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  03    SOUTH CAICOS

  1. John Jamael Malcolm                                                                                                             PNP
  2. Patrease Thomas                                                                                                                     PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  04    MIDDLE AND NORTH CAICOS

  1. Ralph Lewis Higgs                                                                                                                     PDM
  2. Arlington Alexander Musgrove                                                                                          PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  05    LEEWARD, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Gertrude Forbes                                                                                                                      PDM
  2. Akierra Missick                                                                                                                          PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  06    THE BIGHT, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Matthew Timothy Stubbs                                                                                                     PNP
  2. Audric Skippings                                                                                                                       PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT   07    RICHMOND HILL & CHESHIRE HALL, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Douglas Parlell                                                                                                                           PDM
  2. Samuel Ernest Been                                                                                                                PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  08    BLUE HILLS, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Randy Dexter Howell                                                                                                              PNP
  2. Goldray Ewing                                                                                                                           PDM

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  09    FIVE CAYS, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Sean R. Astwood                                                                                                                      PDM
  2. Rachel Marshall Taylor                                                                                                           PNP

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT  10    WHEELAND, PROVIDENCIALES

  1. Kyle Knowles                                                                                                                             PNP
  2. Vaden Delroy Williams                                                                                                           PDM

 

ALL ISLAND DISTRICT

  1. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson                                                                                            PDM
  2. Hugh Derek Taylor                                                                                                                   PDM
  3. Karen Evadne Malcolm                                                                                                          PDM
  4. Robert A. Been                                                                                                                         PDM
  5. Maxovonno Thomas                                                                                                               PDM
  6. Charles Washington Missick                                                                                                PNP
  7. Jamell Rayan Robionson                                                                                                       PNP
  8. Erwin Jay Saunders                                                                                                                 PNP
  9. Josephine Olivia Connolly                                                                                                     PNP
  10. Shaun David Malcolm                                                                                                             PNP
  11. George Lightbourne                                                                                                                IND
  12. Jermain Richardson Fulford                                                                                                 IND
  13. Lekensay K. D. Missick                                                                                                            IND
  14. Lucky Shemock Forbes                                                                                                          IND
  15. Jacqueline Almartha Lightbourne                                                                                      IND
  16. Courtney Mancur Missick                                                                                                     IND
  17. Alicia Kaye Swann                                                                                                                    IND
  18. Winston McLaughlin                                                                                                               PDA                                                                                                                              

                                                               

 

Lister Dudley Lewis

Supervisor of Elections

Ministry of Health and Elections Office (COVID-19) Standard Operation Procedures Guidelines for Nomination Day 2021

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

Ministry of Health and Elections Office (COVID-19) Standard Operation Procedures Guidelines for Nomination Day 2021

These Guidelines are issued by the Ministry of Health and the Supervisor of Elections in accordance with regulation 18 of the Public and Environmental Health (COVID-19)(Control Measures) Regulations 2021.

The existence of COVID -19 in the Turks and Caicos Islands has given rise to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, guided by the Ministry of Health, taking all the necessary precautions to keep residents of, and visitors to, the jurisdiction safe.  While there are measures currently in place that stipulate that residents and visitors are not to congregate in large numbers, particularly at social and other gatherings, the Turks and Caicos Islands up-coming General Election will compel a rethink of how this important event can be undertaken without compromising the health of electors, election office staff and poll workers.  The primary protocols, as promoted by the Health Ministry - social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing – must be rigidly adhered to in order to minimize the spread of the virus.

Hence, the following minimum health protocols for all candidates, Elections Office staff and Returning Officers in the Turks and Caicos Islands are to be implemented.  These minimum health protocols are not a limit on those additional protocols that individuals may choose to adopt.  Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety, not only of themselves but also that of persons that they come into contact with.

To mitigate the threat of contracting the virus, everyone must rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate the safety measures for candidates, electors, and the Elections Office staff.  The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities; it can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or none of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chills
  • repeated shaking, with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhea
  • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

It is recognized, and appreciated, that public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation.  Individuals should stay informed and take the necessary precautions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health, and support economic revitalization.

The TCI will be holding nomination day on 29th January 2021. There is a current surge in positive cases of COVID19 across the islands in the TCI affecting the islands of Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos and South Caicos. Extra caution should be taken in order to avoid these events becoming a further opportunity for disease spread during this time.

It is essential that procedures are implemented in order to ensure that these activities can be carried out in the safest possible manner in light of the risks outlined so that the event can be conducted in a way to mitigate against risks to all participants.

Additionally, COVID19 can spread through person to person interactions as well as contact with contaminated items.

General Instructions [1] for the Place of Nomination:

  1. Upon entering a place of nomination, candidates must wash or disinfect both  Also, they must wash or disinfect both hands after any interaction with elections office workers, agents, or other individuals at the location.
  2. Hand sanitizer will be provided; and used to disinfect hands before entering and on leaving the
  3. The wearing of a mask/face covering in public is mandatory so ALL candidates MUST wear a mask/face covering (over both the nose and mouth) while at the location, and when within six feet of another person.  If available, individuals should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
  4. Measures should be in place to ensure that there is no overcrowding outside the venue and no public gatherings of persons not required to be present at the place of nomination, which may pose a public health risk.

Instructions for candidates and persons at the Place of Nomination:

  1. All candidates must comply with all Public and Environmental Health (Covid 19)Regulations in effect on Nomination Day.
  2. Each political party or independent candidate must consider the absolutely minimum number of candidates and other registered electors required to participate in the Nomination of a Candidate at the Place of Nomination with a view to limiting the number of persons at the location and otherwise traveling with or participating to only those persons required to be present to meet statutory requirements.
  3. Social distancing must be strictly adhered to whether inside or outside of a building at the place of nomination.
  4. Face coverings must be worn at all times.
  5. Proper and frequent hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette must be observed.
  6. Carpooling to venue must be avoided and where more than one person is in a car, windows should be open to create airflow and face coverings should be used to reduce the risk of infection
  7. Use of virtual platforms should be considered to limit the number of persons present.
  8. Implement measures to ensure that members who may be considered a part of the vulnerable group take extra precautions to limit risks.
  9. Prospective Candidates who are COVID19 positive, especially persons who are symptomatic of COVID19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, headache or loss of sense of taste/smell) and persons who are in quarantine under a quarantine Order are advised to remain in quarantine to mitigate against the risk of disease spread.
  10. Prospective Candidates who fall within paragraph 9 above who wish to remain in quarantine should arrange for a designated representative who is not in quarantine to deliver their nomination documents to the Returning Officer instead of appearing in person (lowest risk option).
  11. Should a candidate who falls within paragraph 9 above decide to appear at the place of nomination, in person, additional measures are required to be taken in order to prevent risk to others, including fellow candidates, electors, Elections Office workers and the general public:

Controlled arrangements for in person nomination with the candidate to include:

  1. doning full PPE prior to leaving quarantine and until returning to quarantine;
  2. taking the most direct route to the location;
  3. use of personal vehicle with windows open to facilitate proper ventilation;
  4. use of KN95 face masks at all times;
  5. use of gloves and other personal protective equipment;
  6. minimize time at venue with strict adherence to social distancing of 6 feet and proper ventilation and return to quarantine via the most direct route from site;
  7. no one from outside of the same household should be inside the vehicle with the candidate;

frequent hand hygiene is also needed.

[1] N.B. Health Protocols for Election Office Staff and Election Officials as well as venues – are set out in another protocol which should be followed.

CORONAVIRUS EMPLOYEE STIMULUS CASH GRANT #2

BEGINS

 

PRESS RELEASE 

 

CORONAVIRUS EMPLOYEE STIMULUS CASH GRANT #2

 

CASH GRANTS PAID TO ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES WITH TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDER STATUS – OVER 1,130 DISBURSED AS OF TODAY, THURSDAY, 28TH JANUARY, 2021 AT 12 NOON

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has today, Thursday, 28th January 2021, disbursed payments to over 1,130 applications from its CORONAVIRUS EMPLOYEE STIMULUS CASH GRANT #2 Programme.

The dashboard indicates 3,129 applications were received.  Of this 1,130 have been disbursed for payment; 558 applications were declined outright, and we continue to await documentation from 583 applicants.

Approximately 850 applications are being processed of which another 300 is expected to be disbursed by January’s month-end.

 

Recurring challenges have inhibited the progression of payments to eligible applicants as similar issues encountered in Employee Stimulus #1 have been seen in the administration of Employee Stimulus #2. 

 

The assessors have had to wade through hundreds of applications emanating from persons without Turks and Caicos Islander status and/or have not provided documentation verifying their status as Turks and Caicos Islanders. Some applicants have failed to complete the application properly; omitting employer names, required payslips and providing wrong bank numbers, etc. 

 

Applicants are encouraged to check their emails for responses from the Compliance Team and to provide outstanding documentation as soon as practical.  Applicants are also being called by a Compliance Officer to be alerted of some of the omissions from the applications that can be easily remedied.  The promptness of the response to these queries will determine how quickly the benefit will progress to payment.

 

A list of the disbursed applications as of Thursday, 28th January 2021 can be found on the Turks and Caicos Islands Government website: https://online.fliphtml5.com/pejq/ffqq/#p=1

 

The Team is working assiduously to progress the remaining approved benefits; total approvals were 1,988 at the time of reporting.

 

The Coronavirus Employee Stimulus Cash Grant #2 is paid to employees with Turks and Caicos Islander Status only. Employment sectors excluded from the benefit are: TCI public service; TCI statutory bodies; TCI bodies of good governance; TCI constitutional bodies; Hospital, health care or medical facilities; any water, electricity, telecommunications (including internet services) or other sector encompassing the provision of electronic communications including print and electronic media; waste disposal and sanitation companies; and self-employed persons.

 

The Coronavirus Employee Stimulus Cash Grant #2 will afford cash grants of $600.00 to eligible employees who can provide evidence that they were employed at least one month prior to the lockdown that occurred in March 2020. 

 

ENDS

Ministry of Health Updates on COVID19 Health Hotlines

PRESS RELEASE

Ministry of Health Updates on COVID19 Health Hotlines

The Ministry of Health (MOH) implemented Health Hotlines early in the COVID19 pandemic in order to provide advice and guidance to persons who have either developed symptoms consistent with COVID19 or have had contact with suspected or confirmed cases in order to provide further guidance.

 

The Hotlines are operated by trained MOH personnel who provide information based on interviews with each caller. This may lead to persons being referred to the Contact Tracing/Public Health Team for further action.

 

The hotlines can be contacted at (649) 232 9444 or (649) 333 0911 and the hours of operation are 7am-7pm daily. If persons contact the hotlines and are unsuccessful, they are asked to leave a voice or text message with contact details and their calls will be returned.

 

If anyone is having an emergency such as experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, they are asked to contact 911 immediately and inform the 911 operator if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID19, whether they have been diagnosed with COVID19 or are in quarantine. This will ensure that the responding team including the hospital is prepared to receive persons needing urgent interventions.

 

The general public is reminded that the hotlines are focused on COVID19 queries for persons who are symptomatic, contacts of confirmed cases and those in quarantine. All other queries should be directed to email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All queries related to the COVID19 vaccine and those interested in registering for the vaccine should access: https://covidvaccineregistration.gov.tc.

Turks & Caicos Government

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COVID-19 UPDATE