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HOUSE OF KEYS GENERAL ELECTION 23 SEPTEMBER 2021

Photo: Peter Whiteway

The General Election for the House of Keys takes place on Thursday 23rd September 2021.

Eight Candidates have put themselves forward for the two seats which will represent Ramsey in Keys for the next 5 years.

The Returning Officer for Ramsey is Mr Robert Jelski, Dickinson Cruickshank & Co, Masonic Buildings, Water Street, Ramsey,  IM8 1RD. Tel 812107, email rjelski@dc-ramsey.com

The Candidates

The following persons, listed in alphabetical order as they will appear on the polling slips, have been nominated for election:-

  • Alex Allinson
  • Robert Cowell
  • Lawrie Hooper
  • Jonathan Kinrade
  • Simon Mann
  • Luke Parker
  • Leonard Singer
  • Erica Spencer

Watch out for their posters, manifestos, and for a knock on your door.  Candidates will also have web sites and social media profiles where you can see what their policies and visions for the future are.

A public meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 9th September 2021 at Bunscoill Rhumsaa.  Manx Radio is also broadcasting debates and there will be coverage on 3FM Energy FM and in Isle of Man Newspapers.

Can you vote?

To be eligible to vote you must be on the Register of Electors for Ramsey.  

You can check whether you are included in the current register at Ramsey Town Hall, the General Registry, Cabinet Office and Tynwald Library in Douglas.

 To vote in the 2021 House of Keys General Election you must be registered by Thursday 2 September 2021. Visit www.gov.im/elections for more information about registering to vote.

 How to vote.

 There are three methods of voting in House of Keys elections:

  • cast your vote in person at a polling station

There will be two voting stations in Ramsey which will open at 8am on polling day and close at 8pm.  These will be at St Pauls Hall, Market Place, and at the Old Courthouse, Parliament Street.  You will receive a polling card in the post which will say which polling station you should attend.

 apply for a postal vote

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to visit your allotted polling station. It is also available to those who choose not to vote in person.

Postal votes can be sent to addresses in the Isle of Man, UK and overseas. You must be 16 years old or over on polling day and registered on the electoral register in order to vote.

The closing date for the receipt of postal voting applications is:

  • If the postal ballot paper is to be marked within the Isle of Man – Wednesday 15 September 2021
  • If the postal ballot paper is to be marked within the British Isles, but outside the Isle of Man – Thursday 9 September 2021
  • If the postal ballot paper is to be marked overseas (outside the Isle of Man and the British Isles) – Tuesday 31 August 2021

You can download a postal vote application using this link

https://www.gov.im/categories/home-and-neighbourhood/elections-and-voting/2021-general-election/voters/voting-by-post/

Applications forms can also be obtained from the Returning Officer and the Cabinet Office. 

  • apply to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf

If you are unable to vote in person at your allotted polling station or as a postal voter, you may be eligible to apply to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

An application form for the appointment of a proxy is available from: 

  • Download at https://www.gov.im/media/1373719/proxy-vote-application260721.pdf 
  • The Returning Officer for your constituency
  • Cabinet Office, Third Floor, Government Offices, Bucks Road, Douglas. 

Please note that an application for the appointment of a proxy must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer on or before 5pm 22nd September 2021.

THE PERSONS WHO ARE ELECTED AND THE CHOICES THEY MAKE AS MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF KEYS WILL DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR DAILY LIVES.

They make policy, pass laws and regulations, decide how income from taxpayers is spent on public services, and debate issues of national and international importance. House of Keys elections provide an opportunity to make your feelings known on the issues that matter to you.

BY VOTING YOU CAN INFLUENCE THE DECISIONS THAT WILL SHAPE RAMSEY AND THE ISLAND’S FUTURE.

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