UP Board Says Law Grants Employees Two Hours Off to Go Vote
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UP Board Says Law Grants Employees Two Hours Off to Go Vote

PHILIPSBURG – The United People’s (UP) Party board has received some reports of employees being told that they won’t allow going out and voting during their working hours.

The UP Board would like to remind all that it’s established by law that every employee has the right to go and exercise their right to vote, and have been given two hours to do so on Friday, August 29.

It’s a civic duty to exercise your right to vote and businesses have to abide by the law and give their employees those two hours to do so. If there are those who are not cooperating, we suggest to take your grievance to your union representative and/or the Department of Labour.

The UP Party is encouraging everybody to make use of their right to vote on Friday, August 29.  Our national Postal Services of St. Maarten (PSS) reports that they have completed delivery of voting cards for the elections within the timeframe agreed upon with the Civil Registry Office.

The UP Party takes this opportunity to congratulate the staff of PSS for a job well done.

21,457 persons are eligible to vote according to the Civil Registry Office based on the voter’s list.  On Election Day have ready your voting card and some form of Identification to take to your polling station.

If you haven’t received your voting card, contact the Civil Registry Office on Pond Island during the next couple of days to get a duplicate voting card. You would have to present a valid form of Identification such as a Dutch passport, Driver’s license or ID card.

The UP Party Board encourages everybody to make use of their right to vote.  The vote is the most powerful instrument that every eligible voter has.  Politicians take important decisions and to have a say in issues that affect your community, you need to be able to hold them accountable.  On Election Day, every vote matters. (Contributed by the UP Party)

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