The General Elections in the year 2013 might be the last time voters in San Pedro go to the polls to elect ONE Area Representative and Minister in Cabinet. The next time around for the 2018 elections it could very well be an election to select two persons to represent us in the National Assembly and Cabinet.
When San Pedro went to the polls for the first time in 1985, there were just about 1,500 voters on the list, and ever since there has been a constant growth in our voting population sometimes by as many as 600 to 800 more voters every time another election comes about. Today we stand on the verge of reaching the 6,000 voters on our voting list.
It has been the practice by government and the Elections and Boundaries Commission to divide an electoral division whenever it becomes too large. By the time the 2018 General Elections come around, with a growth of over 100 every year, we should be well over 7,000 on the voters list and if the practice should continue, we would be divided into two electoral divisions.
So there might be a San Pedro North Division and a San Pedro South Division. The town core might be split in half so that some of us will be represented by one area representative and another section by a second person. Interesting, right? We believe that this would give San Pedro greater and better representation in the House of Representatives and in Cabinet if both of our representatives should be chosen to be Ministers in Cabinet. We foresee that this will mean more attention being paid to the needs of San Pedro, so we all stand to benefit.