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Contacted yesterday, EBC's
Dominic Hinds said all residents
who had been relocated to
temporary addresses while their
facilities were being upgraded
would continue to be registered
at the previous addresses on
the electoral list, unless they
had informed the EBC of their
new locations. He said this new
address would have to be
verified by the EBC through a
field investigation. He also said
that electoral registration would
commence on Tuesday, July 14,
and continue until July 23.
"This will be the final
opportunity for persons to have
their registration status
updated before the
parliamentary elections. Once
this registration period is
completed a revised list will
then be published at a date to
be determined and this will be
the final list which will be used
for electors," Hinds said.
where to vote
Housing Development Corporation
(HDC) Carlton Lane tenants from the
San Fernando West constituency, who
were relocated to Corinth Hills in San
Fernando East, say they are confused as
to where they should go to vote in the
September 7 polls.
They are now calling on the Elections
and Boundaries Commission to send a
team to their area to provide proper guide-
lines on voting procedures.
In an interview, Kafi Mann, a member
of the Carlton Lane Community
Group, said they had been living at
Corinth Hills, Ste Madeleine, for
over two and a half years after HDC
relocated them to facilitate upgrades
to the dilapidated Carlton Lane
apartments. She said the arrange-
ment was meant to be temporary
as residents were promised first
preference to purchase the Carlton
Lane apartments once they were
completed. As such, most people
did not change their addresses.
She said last month, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
said any resident who chose to stay
at Corinth Hills was welcome to do
so. This led some people to consider
changing their addresses to Corinth Hills
where they resided.
However, she explained, when some
residents went to the Elections and Bound-
aries Commission (EBC) office to get clar-
ification on where to vote, they were told
that any change of address at this point
would be considered voter padding. Mann,
who is campaigning for the People s
National Movement (PNM), also said that
some residents were told that if they voted
in Carlton Lane, they would be charged
because they no longer resided there.
"Since I began canvassing with the PNM,
many people are really concerned and we
want the EBC to give us proper informa-
tion. We cannot be denied of our chance
to vote," Mann said. She said another EBC
official told them they had until July 23
to change their addresses.
The Scout Association of T&T has raised objec-
tions to the political symbol of the Third Force
And representatives of the organisation will meet
with chairman of the TFM Timothy Hamel-Smith
on Monday to work out a solution.
Roger Berkeley, National Scout commissioner,
said yesterday the issue was being discussed and
the two parties held a meeting last week.
"The symbols are not exactly the same but
there are similarities. Basically we are securing
the interest of the association and meetings
are taking place. "We want to also make it
clear that we neither support nor oppose
any political party," Berkeley said.
He said a resolution was expected to be
reached next week. Two days ago, Scout exec-
utive Ronald Richardson also voiced his opinion
regarding the symbol in a letter to the editor
in a daily newspaper.
"I have noted the Third Force Movement (TFM)
proposes to use the Scout sign as its party symbol,
with the TFM chairman seen making the sign in
printed and electronic media," Richardson said.
He said the Scouts sign was 108 years old and
had been used by the Scout Movement worldwide
"I would suggest the TFM, in its collective wis-
dom, not use the sign of the 40 million Scouts
around the world and be original in designing its
"All signs and symbols of the Scout Movement
are protected by an Act of Parliament since 1920,
for exclusive use by the Scout Association of T&T,"
Contacted yesterday, Hamel-Smith said his party
would be meeting with the association on Mon-
"It s a little premature to say what the outcome
of the meeting would be but we will be honouring
our promise by meeting on Monday.
"I think it would be a win-win situation at the
end of the day," Hamel-Smith said.
objects to TFM
Joe Pires, chairman of Alliance of
Independents, takes a photo of the Third
Force Movement party symbol at that party's
first public political meeting in Maraval on
Wednesday night. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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