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What PNM La Horquetta/Tal-
paro general election candidate
Maxie Cuffie is calling voter
intimidation is simply a telefo-
rum election strategy used by
politicians all over the world,
says the UNC s campaign team.
Cuffie claimed he received sev-
eral complaints of voter intimi-
dation from constituents of La
Horquetta/Talparo who said they
are being called on their personal
cell phones by someone with a
voice purporting to be that of
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
The voice invited constituents
to participate in a telephone con-
ference call to discuss the general
election and said she will be joined
by the area s MP Jairam Seemu-
Cuffie said his constituents
complained about these intrusive
calls from the UNC campaign
team and questioned how their
personal numbers were obtained.
He charged it was voter intim-
UNC s campaign manager,
Rodney Charles said Cuffie s
charges were "absolute nonsense".
He said voter intimidation is
unheard of in the 21st century.
"This is something the UNC
would never, ever do.
Charles said the PM held a tele-
forum recently and invited citizens
the previous day to participate.
"There was no intimidation.
People could have only partici-
pated if they wanted to."
Broadnet, an international com-
pany which facilitates the open
exchange of ideas by enabling real
time, personal and efficient con-
versations with any number of
people, from hundreds to millions,
organised the teleforum for the
Broadnet posted on Facebook
they were "honored to have host-
ed Trinidad and Tobago Prime
Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
on a live TeleForum town hall last
"She spoke with thousands of
Trinidadians over the phone while
hundreds of others streamed the
event live on their mobile device,
tablet, or laptop," Broadnet said.
On a Facebook post, the PM
herself said of the Teleforum,
"Last night, we held our first con-
ference call and thousands of indi-
viduals participated from across
"In fact, so many people want-
ed to participate we could not
have everyone on the line at once.
"I would like to thank you so
very much for taking the time out
of your evening to listen in and
"If you did not have the oppor-
tunity to participate last night,
we will be doing many, many
more calls like this and you will
have the chance to join us in
According to Broadnet, this is
a legal election strategy used by
prime ministers all over the world.
"Broadnet is honored to have
powered each of US Senator Ron
Johnson s 40 telephone town hall
events, beginning in March of
Another Broadnet Web posting
said, "Join the call with Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd and voters
all around the country on Satur-
day morning. Register your inter-
est and we ll send you an email
with the details and instructions
on how to join the call."
Cuffie said it was intimidation
when someone, especially a public
servant, gets a call from the ruling
party asking if you were willing
to vote for them.
"You become intimidated and
Cuffie said he heard of similar
complaints from other con-
stituencies. Told that, so far, the
complaints are only coming from
PNM supporters who are report-
ing to their candidates, he said,
"UNC supporters are probably
getting them too but are not com-
Cuffie also said his constituents
were complaining they were being
given the impression by people
at the UNC constituency office
in La Horquetta/Talparo that
technology can find out how they
voted in the last election.
Questioned about this, he
admitted, "That s not possible."
But he insisted, "They could be
given that impression."
UNC campaign team tells Cuffie...
Claims of voter
intimidation is strategy
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