Systems

 

Electoral System – The first past the post system is used for electing members to the House of Assembly so that the candidate with the most votes wins the seat (in the House). Elections are constitutionally due every five (5) years.

Electoral Registration System – There is a system of Continuous Registration whereby the Register of Electors is continually updated by adding the names of eligible voters as well as by deleting the names of those who no longer meet eligibility requirements e.g. the deceased and persons, other than foreign service electors, who have been absent from Barbados for a period exceeding five (5) years.

National Registration system – There is a continuous National Registration System. Under the Barbados Identity Management Act 2021, all citizens of Barbados who are resident in the island as well as citizens of other countries, who have been permitted by the Chief Immigration Officer to remain in the Island for a period of not less than six (6) months, may be registered. All persons who meet the requirements and are registered are issued the Barbados Identification Card.