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As the electoral registration period drew to a
close yesterday, there was a steady flow of visitors
to all Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
offices as last-minute checks were carried out to
ensure people were included on the revised list of
A visit to the EBC head office at Scott House,
Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, just after 9 am yes-
terday revealed many had sought assistance regarding
Confirming there are approximately 1.1 million
people eligible to vote in the general election which
will be held on September 7, the EBC s corporate
communications manager Dominic Hinds said there
had been "increased activity during the last two days"
at all EBC offices around in T&T.
The registration period began on July 14 and closed
at 6 pm yesterday.
Hinds said the nine-day period excluded last Sat-
urday s public holiday as the nation celebrated the
Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Happy to report there were no significant challenges
encountered by EBC staff, Hinds assured all members
of staff had been professionally trained in a variety
of areas and were successfully equipped to address
any and all concerns by the public.
According to the EBC s election rules, the revised
list of electors should be prepared sometime before
the day fixed for the examination of nomination
Following an invitation by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar for a Commonwealth observer team
to visit T&T to assess the preparations ahead of the
general election, Hinds confirmed that a meeting
had been held with the three-member delegation
He said the meeting at Scott House focused on
issues relating to "election matters."
Persad-Bissessar issued the invitation during last
month s Caricom Heads of Government Summit in
JENSEN LA VENDE
The Prison Officers Association
has rejected the Chief Personnel Offi-
cer s (CPO) offer of a 14 per cent
wage increase along with a $15
increase on their housing allowance.
The membership met with the
association on Wednesday and was
told of the new offer, which the asso-
ciation said was "sufficient" to take
back to their membership.
The association was originally sup-
posed to meet with the membership
yesterday but had an emergency meet-
ing on Wednesday instead.
In an interview last month general
secretary of the association, Gerard
Gordon, said the CPO had offered a
14 per cent wage increase, a six per
cent drop in the association request.
Prisons, along with Police and Fire
Services, had been requesting a 19 per
cent wage increase, using seven other
institutions as their bargaining com-
parators for the past couple years.
The combined average, they said,
was a 24 per cent increase and the
three associations were asking for 80
per cent of that.
The removal of the rank of ASP in
the Airports Authority effectively
reduced the combined average increase
to 16.4 per cent with an offering of
60 per cent of that which equates to
a ten per cent wage increase.
Police have ended negotiations with
the CPO and have taken their matter
to the Industrial Court while the Fire
Services is expected to meet with their
membership tomorrow for a response
to the latest offer by the CPO.
Interviewed yesterday president of
the Fire Services Association, Leo
Ramkissoon, said he was offered what
he said was the best offer since nego-
tiations began and while he personally
was not fully satisfied with it was up
to his membership to decide.
He said he was contacted by the
CPO on Tuesday and given the final
response by the Minister of Finance
on two outstanding issues which he
would discuss tomorrow.
He added the negotiations, which
would cover the period 2008 to 2010,
had taken way too long.
Prisons officers refuse
CPO's latest offer
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Bridgetown, Barbados, when the heads met with
Commonwealth secretary-general Kamalesh Shar-
The last time a Commonwealth observer group
visited T&T was for the 2000 general election.
Revealing that preparations already were underway
for a second team to arrive in T&T, Hinds said they
would arrive as the election date drew closer.
Asked about the meeting, Hinds said preliminary
discussions with the team had been "positive."
Hinds was unable to say how many people had
been removed from the electoral list owing to death
and migration. He said that figure was not readily
available and would be calculated post- registration.
at all EBC offices
Members of the public check for their names on the electoral list on the final day of registration at the
Elections and Boundaries Commission, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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