The headquarters of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) remains closed after failing to meet its reopening time frame.

Over two weeks ago, the Commission issued a notice that it was
temporarily closing its Queen Elizabeth Highway headquarters to facilitate

Therefore, it said, it was closing operations at that location, as well as at
the respective registration units, in order to facilitate maintenance and

The period of closure was from Thursday, March 14, to Monday, March 18,
with a reopening date of March 19.

Now, in a more recent communication to its employees, ABEC has
informed its workers that renovations and repairs at the headquarters will
continue this Easter weekend into next week.

Therefore, all the registration units will be closed as of Thursday, March 28,
and should reopen on Monday, April 8.

At that time, ABEC is hoping that all offices will resume regular working
hours, with the head office operating from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays to
Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

The registration units operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays to
Thursdays, and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Commission and the registration units have been closing at midday for
some time now, due to the physical condition of the headquarters, including
alleged mold infestation.