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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 07TH SEPTEMBER, 2015
The People s National Movement s fourth
leader, Dr Keith Rowley, now Prime Min-
ister-elect, will be T&T s second Tobago-
born Prime Minister following yesterday s
2015 general election victory.
Rowley follows Tobago-born late Prime
Minister Arthur NR Robinson into history
in this regard.
Mammoth cheers from supporters went
up at PNM's Balisier House headquarters at
11.40 pm last night when PNM chairman
Franklin Khan announced the party's election
result victory, adding: "I now invite to address
you, the new Prime Minister of T&T."
Speaking to the media just before the
announcement, Rowley had said: "We have
been tracking these results and the PNM
would have won the elections and from
tomorrow (today) T&T will have a new gov-
ernment...the PNM has come out with the
majority of seats...tonight is the beginning
of another era."
Rowley said the PNM had won 22 or 23
of the 41 constituencies. Results for the
Moruga Tableland constituency were still
incoming when he spoke.
Later on it was unofficially announced
that the PNM had taken the election 23-18,
pending the official release of that information
by the Elections and Boundaries Commis-
The PNM takes the helm from the People's
Partnership, which now forms the Opposition,
with 18 seats and which won the popular
vote despite the PNM's win in the majority
The PP crossed 300,000-plus votes while
the PNM received 200,000-plus, it was esti-
Outgoing prime minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar conceded at midnight at her Siparia
office, speaking after Rowley made his victory
speech. She said the people's wishes must
be respected as the people had chosen.
Sounding upbeat throughout her speech,
she added: "I'm happy to be Citizen Kamla,
MP for Siparia, all over again. I believe we
fought a good fight."
Persad-Bissessar noted the PP had obtained
the popular vote. She said she would not
stop serving the people, that the PP was still
strong and that there would be healthy Oppo-
sition in the Parliament,
Congress of the People leader Prakash
Ramadhar also said he hoped Rowley was
sincere. He said what politicians did hereon
would determine how successful T&T would
be.Jack Warner's Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) lost its bid in all the seats it contested,
even though Warner at the close of polls had
projected his party might have won "one to
But the United National Congress' Ganga
Singh re-took the Chaguanas West seat which
Warner held from 2010 to yesterday --- in
and out of government --- and Warner also
lost his bid for Chaguanas East, which was
won by UNC's Fazal Karim.
Warner told reporters that was his last
hurrah in politics during his concession speech
at the party's Chaguanas headquarters last
night. (See Page A8)
The seats which gave the PNM its election
victory were St Joseph, Toco-Manzanilla,
Tunapuna, La Horquetta-Talparo and San Fer-
T&T starts new era under PNM
nando West, apart from its traditional constituencies.
The PP maintained its traditional holdings, with
the UNC taking 17 seats and COP leader Ramadhar
winning the St Augustine seat, a total of 18.
Inclement weather throughout all of T&T marred
yesterday's exercise, though heavy voting patterns
with a continuous flow of voters was seen all morning
in polling stations.
Rains which began mid-morning and continued to
late evening prompted the PNM to seek to have the
EBC extend the close of poll time from 6 pm to 7 pm
in Trinidad, though not Tobago.
This was the second time since 1961 that the close
of poll deadline was extended from 6 pm to 7 pm. It
was last done in December 1961 due to problems with
PNM supporters show off their stained fingers during victory celebrations at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain, last night. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
After the long three-month campaign period
of the 2015 general election ended yesterday,
trends began emerging around 9 pm, with the
PP leading in 19 seats and the PNM in 16. By
9.20 pm the PP was leading in 21 seats and
the PNM in 18.
At that time it became clear that Toco-
Manzanilla, Tunapuna and St Joseph were in
At 9.30 pm the first two seats to be
declared went to the PNM: Tobago West
(Shamfa Cudjoe) and Tobago East (Ayanna
By 10 pm, Siparia was declared for PP's
Persad-Bissessar, who received over 15,000
votes. She thanked supporters for her victory
However, by 10.30 pm, the numbers flipped
and the PNM surged ahead in La Horquetta-
Talparo, St Joseph and Tunapuna.
The final declarations came at just after 11
pm. By that time, PNM supporters at a
crowded Balisier House, Port-of-Spain, had
started celebrating while disappointed PP
supporters at Rienzi Complex, Couva, had
started to leave when Persad-Bissessar failed
to show up.
Rowley, during his victory statement, again
warned that difficult times were ahead. He
said his first priorities were the swearing in of
an attorney general, whom he declined to
identify, and the delivery of the 2016 Budget.
EBC spokesman Dominic Hinds said last
night they couldn't give a voter turn-out until
around noon today. He also said figures were
The 2015 electorate was 1,099,279. In 2010
voter turnout was approximately 69 per cent
of the 936,236 electorate.
Both the PNM and PP claimed irregularities
occurred at various places in yesterday's
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