Chamber readies for biggest election to date

POSTED: 12/1/11 8:22 AM

Director of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry Claret Connor makes a point at the start of a press conference on Friday’s election, while Chairman of the election committee Franklin Brison looks on.

St. Maarten – The 19 candidates for Friday’s election for three positions on the board of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry represent the “biggest election draw to date.” This is also the first time that so many young people are contesting the election and Chairman of the election committee Franklin Brison believes they have already brought a new level of activity to the workings of the chamber.
“I was surprised at the activity because this is the first time we’ve seen so much promotion. It is obvious that these young people have postulated themselves because they feel they can do more and I guess that’s why you see more action. The presence of the young people will definitely make it interesting,” Brison said.
Three board positions are up for grabs in Friday’s election, which will take place at the chamber’s Officer between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Two of the positions are for small businesses and one is for large businesses. All voters must take along a picture identification card and their voting card.
The chamber’s Director Claret Connor has struck an agreement with the police to have the parking spaces in front of the chamber’s office allocated solely to the chamber during the period of the election. Business owners will then be able to park there for a specific time so they can vote and then have to move their cars so others can use the spots.
The actual voting will be done on the ground floor and once it is over the committee will tally the votes and announce the winner. Turnout in the last election was roughly 100 people, but Brison expects that to increase because of the activity and attention the younger candidates have stirred up around the election.

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