- A political grouping which is an association having full legal capacity may submit a request in writing to the central electoral committee for an election to the House of Representatives to enter the appellation by which it wishes to be known on the list of candidates for that election in a register kept by the central electoral committee. Requests received after the forty-third day before nomination day shall be disregarded for the purpose of the next election.
- A deposit of EUR 450, or in the case of a grouping whose seat is located by virtue of its constitution in Bonaire, St Eustatius or Saba a deposit of USD 450, shall be paid to the State for the registration referred to in subsection 1. The person who makes the payment shall be given proof of payment. The deposit shall be returned after a valid list of candidates has been filed for the next election following the decision on the request.
- The following shall be filed with the request:
(a) a copy of the notarial instrument containing the association’s charter;
(b) proof of entry in the commercial register referred to in section 2 of the Commercial Registers Act 2007 or section 2 of the BES Commercial Registers Act 2009;
(c) the proof of payment referred to in subsection 2;
(d) a declaration by the political grouping designating its authorised agent and deputy agent at the central electoral committee, which shall apply until it is replaced by another.
- The central electoral committee shall refuse the request only if:
(a) the appellation is contrary to public policy;
(b) the appellation is identical or largely similar to the previously registered appellation of another political grouping or to an appellation for which a request for registration was previously received pursuant to this section, so that there is a risk of confusion;
(c) the appellation is misleading for the voters in some other way;
(d) the appellation contains more than 35 letters or other characters;
(e) the appellation is identical or largely similar to that of a legal person which has been banned by final decision of a court and has therefore been dissolved;
(f) the request was received by the central electoral committee on the same day as another request for registration of an identical or largely similar appellation, unless this other request must be refused on one of the grounds referred to in (a) to (e) above.
- The decision of the central electoral committee on the request shall be forwarded to the agent. Notice of the decision shall be given in the Government Gazette.
- A political grouping whose appellation has been registered may submit a request in writing to the central electoral committee for the appellation to be amended. The last sentence of subsection 1, and subsections 4 and 5 shall apply mutatis mutandis to requests for amendment.
- The central electoral committee shall cancel the appellation in the register and give notice of this in the Government Gazette if:
(a) the political grouping has ceased to exist;
(b) the political grouping has made a request to this effect;
(c) the political grouping has been banned as an association by final decision of a court and has therefore been dissolved;
(d) no valid list of candidates was submitted for the previous election to the House of Representatives.
- On the fourteenth day before nominations for an election to the House of Representatives and on the fortieth day before nominations for an election to the provincial council or the municipal council, the central electoral committee shall publish in the Government Gazette the appellations of political groupings registered by it, in so far as such registration is final, and the names of the agents and their deputies.