Demystifying Democracy: Sint Maarten’s Electoral Ordinance Chapter 4

Demystifying Democracy: Sint Maarten’s Electoral Ordinance Chapter 4

Chapter 4: The Central Electoral Committee

By the Cabinet of the Prime Minister

As we continue our voyage through the intricacies of Sint Maarten’s Electoral Ordinance, our focus now shifts to Chapter 4: “The Central Electoral Committee.” This chapter serves as a guiding lantern, shedding light on the group responsible for orchestrating the electoral process in a simple and understandable manner.

Article 12: The Special Squad

Imagine a dedicated team entrusted with the vital task of ensuring fair and organized elections. This team is the Central Electoral Committee. Think of it as a separate group that works independently, but Parliament lends a helping hand to make sure things run smoothly. This committee is composed of five members, including a leader, a backup leader, and two backup members.

Article 13: Qualifications to Join the Team

The members of this team, the Central Electoral Committee, must fulfil some requirements. They need to live in Sint Maarten, be Dutch citizens, and not have any issues that prevent them from voting.

Article 14: No Family Ties Allowed

To make sure there’s no bias, people who are closely related can’t be on the committee at the same time. This helps keep things fair and neutral.

Article 15: Pledging for a Fair Game

Before they start their work, the committee members promise some important things. They promise to be fair, not accept any bribes or gifts, and to support Sint Maarten and follow its rules.

Article 16: Accountability Matters

Just like in any team, if someone in the committee does something wrong, there are consequences. They might have to leave temporarily or even permanently.

Article 17: Reasons for Parting Ways

There are specific reasons that might lead a committee member to leave. It could be due to age, breaking the law, or not being able to do their job properly.

Article 18: Explaining Your Side

If someone is going to be removed from the committee, they get a chance to explain their side of the story. This way, everyone’s voice is heard.

Article 19: Talking Money

The government decides how much money the committee members get paid for their important work.

Article 20: Decisions as a Team

When the committee needs to make decisions, at least two-thirds of the members need to agree. This ensures that decisions are well-considered and agreed upon by most of the team.

In simpler words, this chapter unpacks how the group in charge of elections, the Central Electoral Committee, is structured, how they operate, and what happens if anything goes wrong. It’s like the engine that drives the democratic process, working together to make sure everyone’s voice is heard and every vote counts.

As the Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs prepares to host town-halls to enlighten the public on electoral reform, the foundation of the nomination process shines brighter than ever. Each nomination represents an individual’s aspiration to be the voice of the people, echoing the heartbeats of democracy.

Stay tuned as we venture deeper into the realms of Sint Maarten’s Electoral Ordinance, continuing our exploration of the elements that make democracy work.

This information has been summarized from the chapters and articles of the Electoral Ordinance of the translated Constitution of Sint Maarten. For more information, visit

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