Promoting proxy votes is punishable by law

During the upcoming elections on March 20th, voters can vote by proxy. Persons entitled to vote who cannot vote themselves on 20 March, for example due to work, illness or vacation, can grant someone else a power of attorney. It is a criminal offense to approach voters in person to issue a proxy.

According to the Elections Act, recruiting votes is constantly addressing or personally approaching voters so that they issue a proxy. A person may also not bribe a voter through a gift or a promise or otherwise force the voter to issue a proxy. This is punishable according to the Electoral Act and the Criminal Code BES. The voter has to decide for himself whether he wants to vote by proxy and who they want to authorize for this. Recruiting proxy voting is contrary to that principle. In the event of suspicions of recruiting votes, the Public Prosecution Service will be informed.

Voting by proxy is a possibility for voters who would like to vote, but who are physically unable to cast their own vote. Via a private proxy, these voters have the opportunity to have a proxy vote for them. Only residents of Bonaire who have received a voting pass can be authorized. The name of the authorized person can be entered on the back of the voting pass. A maximum of two proxy votes can be cast at the same time as casting your own vote.

Authorization in writing is also possible. Written applications must be received by the civil affairs department no later than 15 March 2019. The voter can download a form for this via this website. It is also possible to collect this form from the civil affairs department. Requests for written proxies that do not meet the requirements set by the Elections Act will not be processed by the main polling station.