Barbadians are being encouraged to come out and "mark their X" as the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat (CICS) hosts its 2010 Parish Independence Committee (PIC) elections over the next month and a half.

Persons interested in serving on the PICs should be 18 years, or older, have a strong sense of community pride and be willing to work with others. Candidates should reside in the parish in which they are seeking election.

The elections commence in the parish of St. Peter on Wednesday, February 10, at the Speightstown Resource Centre at 7:00 p.m.

The other election dates are: St. Thomas on Thursday, February 11, at the Lester Vaughn Secondary School at 7:30 p.m.; St. James on Saturday, February 13, at Hoyte’s Village Pavilion at 6:30 p.m.; St. Lucy on Monday, February 15, at St. Lucy Secondary School at 7:30 p.m. and St. Michael on Tuesday, February 16, at the Ellerslie Secondary School at 7:30 p.m.

Next will be the turn of the parish of St. John on Thursday, February 18, at the Gall Hill Community Centre at 7:30 p.m.; Christ Church on Monday, February 22, at the Foundation School at 7:30 p.m.; St. Andrew on Tuesday, February 23, at the Alleyne School at 7:30 p.m. and St. George on Wednesday, February 24, at the Valley Resource Centre at 7:30 p.m.

The elections conclude with St. Philip on Saturday, March 6, at the Princess Margaret Secondary School at 6:00 p.m. and St. Joseph on Sunday, March 7, at the St. Elizabeth Primary School at 5:30 p.m.

Nomination forms are available from the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat, Bay Street, St. Michael and the General Post Office, Cheapside, Bridgetown and all its district branches.

For further information, persons are asked to contact the CICS at 436-9660 or 427-6675.

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