Time to vote on Election Day

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — Based on article 44 of the Voting Ordinance eligible voters can cast their vote between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., so in total a period of twelve (12) hours.

Based on article 45 of the Voting Ordinance, an employer is obligated to ensure that its employees can cast their vote, but only insofar the casting of the vote is not possible outside of working hours and provided that the employee will not be absent for more than two (2) hours.

The above means that an employee who works a “regular” eight hour shift, is in principle not entitled to any time off, since the employee can cast his/her vote outside of working hours.