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ILP criticises EBC for
shift in polling stations
Political leader of the Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) Rekha Ramjit yester-
day slammed the Elections and Bounda-
ries Commission (EBC) for informing her
party mere hours before today's Local
Government Elections that three poll-
ing stations in the Chaguanas Borough
Corporation had been shifted.
So annoyed was Ramjit, she promised to
write the EBC a letter tomorrow about the
"We came into the office lunch time today
(yesterday) and found a hand delivered letter,
signed by one of the EBC's returning officers,
which was stuck under our door indicating
that tomorrow (today) the locations of three
polling stations in Felicity/Endeavour had
been relocated," an upset Ramjit said yes-
The stations have been moved from Mon-
trose Vedic Primary School to Presentation
College at Yves Street, Chaguanas.
Three polling stations are 2905, 2906 and
In the 2013 elections, Ramjit said, of the
104,000 votes the ILP had captured, in
these three polling stations, they won the
"We were ahead of the People's National
Movement and United National Congress by
about 50 votes, which was sufficient to make
The ILP is contesting seven of its eight seats
in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation. In
2013 they won two of the eight seats they
Ramjit said she was most annoyed by the
last-minute change, since she felt the EBC
could have notified the ILP way in advance.
She said delivering such a letter at the
"eleventh hour" of an election would no
doubt cause disarray among its voters and
create confusion for the party.
"Why did we get our letter after working
hours? My position is that...arrangements
would have been made by the ILP to take
our voters to these stations. Or they would
go there themselves. This is a turn off for
"People would not want to go to these
polling stations to cast their ballots. This
late notice will work against us. Is this really
unfair to us? Why were letters not delivered
to all parties at the same time?"
On Saturday, leader of the United National
Congress Kamla Persad-Bissessar told sup-
porters at the party's rally in Couva that they
too were notified by the EBC that these poll-
ing stations in Chaguanas had been shifted.
Ramjit claimed the move was one way of
stifling the efforts of the minor parties, who
were challenging the PNM and UNC.
Stating that the outcome of today's elec-
tions was difficult to predict, Ramjit said
while people are annoyed with the UNC and
PNM, they would still support them.
"Because voters feel these are the parties
that have the power to give them a hand out.
They recognise the ILP has no power in Cen-
"It's all about being able to get something
from who has the power. We are trying to
make a change in Chaguanas."
Leader of the Movement for Social Justice
David Abdulah said the party had a smooth
transition for the election campaign..
"We had a few motorcades today and
everything went smoothly," Abdulah said.
Judge rejects ILP case
brought against UNC candidate
The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) has expressed dis-
agreement with Justice Ricky Rahim's decision to decline
an application made by Sunil Ramjitsingh, election agent
for the ILP's candidate for Munroe Road/Caroni Savannah
Simeon Mahabir, seeking judicial review against Adrian
Ali, a United National Congress (UNC) candidate in the
Local Government Elections.
"On review of the reasons given by Justice Rahim for his de-
cision, we have observed that certain pertinent sections of the
law were not given the necessary attention by the honourable
judge, and on that basis, the ILP will be pursuing this matter
further in due course,"ILP leader Rehka Ramjit stated in a press
On Friday, the matter, filed by Ramjitsingh, came up at the
San Fernando Civil Court.
Ramjitsingh claimed that Ali did not meet the legal require-
ments to qualify as a candidate and should be disqualified from
contesting the election and his name should be removed from
the ballot papers.
He also claimed that Ali was not residing at Clarke Road,
Charlieville, but at Mon Plasir Road, Cunupia, which was located
outside of the boundaries he was contesting.
However, Rahim who had deferred his judgment on Friday to
yesterday, gave his decision hours before voters go to the polls.
"The ruling this morning pertains only to an application for
leave to seek judicial review and is in no way a determination
of the substantive issues of the de facto place of residence of
candidate Ali, whether the information he inserted on his nomi-
nation form and statutory declaration are truthful and accurate,
or whether he ought to truthfully be listed as an elector within
the Borough of Chaguanas," the release said.
Ramjit said these issues were not ventilated in court and would
be deliberated at a substantive hearing.
shooting of Roberts
Acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams
has condemned the shoot-
ing of independent candi-
date Victor Roberts.
Roberts, 47, a contractor and
community activist, who was
shot in the shoulder while cam-
paigning in Santa Flora on Sat-
urday evening, remains warded
in a stable condition at the San
Fernando General Hospital.
Police have not made any
arrest and are still trying to
determine a motive.
Williams, speaking on i95.5
FM midday news, condemned
Williams said from his pre-
liminary assessment Roberts
did not request a police pres-
ence at his rally. He asked the
population to maintain peace
during today's local govern-
ment elections. "We want to
indicate to the general public
that we need to continue to be
a society with respect for de-
mocracy and violence has never
been part of our elections and
elections campaign. "
According to a police report,
around 5.45 pm on Saturday,
Roberts, who is contesting the
Palo Seco seat, was standing in
the tray of a truck waving to
residents in Santa Flora when
he was shot.
His campaign manager
Knolly Marshall said Roberts
received no threats and he had
no idea why someone would
want to hurt him. He did not
want to speculate on whether
the shooting had anything to
do with the elections.
He said the information he
received was that Roberts was
in the tray of a pick-up truck
during his motorcade, meet-
ing and greeting people. He
said a loud explosion rang out
and Roberts was shot on the
shoulder blade. Marshall said
he lost a lot of blood. However,
he said Roberts was in a stable
condition and in good spirits.
When the T&T Guardian
contacted Roberts' sister she
said he was in stable condition.
Declining to comment
further on the incident, she
said: "As you might be aware
because of the nature of the
situation we were advised to
hold off saying anything per-
taining to the situation until
She referred any other ques-
tions to Roberts' campaign
Santa Flora police are inves-
A 17-year-old student
who left a prayer service
at his friend's house to
purchase cigarettes was
shot in the head in Couva,
Police have received con-
flicting information about how
Elijah Austin Lewis was killed.
The shooting took place
around 6.30 pm at Cemetery
Street extension, Persever-
Police were told that some-
one known to Lewis was play-
ing with a gun and it went off.
Another theory was that
he was deliberately shot as a
result of a love triangle.
Lewis, a student at Servol,
Chaguanas, was living with a
girl in central Trinidad.
Resident Joel Pierre said
Lewis had spent the night at
his (Pierre) brother's home
to attend Saturday's prayer
He said they were school-
mates and his brother was
trying to get him a part time
job working as a fisherman.
"I saw Elijah, a girl and two
fellas walk out the road and I
saw them walking back in the
street and I left to go home. I
was home and in a split second
my friend came shouting my
name. I saw the girl over Elijah
crying. He was lying down on
the road and blood was coming
from his head. She was saying
'they shoot him.'"
Pierre said Lewis was sup-
posed to attend a parang in
Gran Couva that night. An-
other resident said he had
left the prayer service to pur-
chase cigarettes by a nearby
Police were told that a young
man was playing with a gun,
pointed it at Lewis' head and
pulled the trigger, but the gun
did not discharge. The man
pulled the trigger a second
time, killing Lewis. It was also
said that Lewis had the gun
and was playing with it.
The gun was not recovered.
Police have detained a wom-
an for questioning.
Couva police and homicide
detectives are investigating.
IRO took its peace march along Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas, on Saturday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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