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The UNC/PP, meanwhile, finalised elec-
tion day machinery and held an inter-faith
service, UNC deputy leader Suruj Ram-
"We ll beat them on the ground (today),"
Rambachan and other MPs denied a tel-
evision report that PP leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar had summoned a Cabinet meeting
yesterday to discuss strategy.
The Opposition PNM held a meeting to
finalise details with its poll clerks, street
captains and runners, PNM general secretary
Ashton Ford told the T&T Guardian.
Yesterday, Election and Boundaries Com-
mission returning officer Everard Ross said
he d received no last-minute complaints.
Ross said special voters, who began casting
ballots last Monday, concluded that exercise
He said representatives of only two of the
contestants---NTP and PNM---had responded
to EBC s usual process of inviting represen-
tatives to witness distribution of ballot papers
to presiding officers. This was done on Sat-
urday and yesterday.
Ross said presiding officers in charge of
the 51 voting stations---mainly schools---col-
lected their supplies yesterday and most sta-
tions were ready.
EBC roving officers also toured the con-
stituency to ensure readiness and arrange
furniture at schools being used as voting
EBC officers will also be at their posts
from 4 am today to put up signs on polling
Ballots will be counted at stations after
the 6 pm close of polls and the total from
each of the 51 stations will be sent to Ross
at EBC s Chaguanas West office.
Ross said he expected results from the
first box would arrive within 90 minutes
of the close of poll, and a clear trend of
a winner by around 10.30 or 11 pm at the
When the political numbers are crunched
today, voters will have a larger pool of can-
didates to choose from than during the last
election in 2010, when their choices were
PNM s Ronald Heera and Warner, then
While DNA s Meighoo has been involved
in politics since 2006 and unsuccessfully
fought Chaguanas East in 2007, PNM s
Singh and NCT s Brown are new faces.
Ameen and Warner, while experienced
in various areas, may also be contesting
this poll as "newbies" in a sense.
Ameen, coming from a local government
background, will face parliamentary polls
for the first time.
Warner is also contesting for the first
time as political leader of his own party,
after being Chaguanas West MP since 2007
for the UNC.
His acrimonious break with the UNC
has made for an intense campaign in recent
weeks, with a keen fight being waged
between Warner and the UNC/PP he was
once part of.
Warner and UNC leader Persad-Bissessar
both launched offensives, with Warner
spotlighting UNC officials performance,
and the PM and Cabinet members calling
attention to Warner s actions.
While UNC s coalition partners have
stood by the Partnership, the COP has been
faced with its own internal issues simul-
taneously with UNC s, with the COP
attempting to deal with some of this up to
yesterday (See Page A5)
The by-election arises six months after
the PP s defeat by the PNM in Tobago
House of Assembly elections.
Today s vote also comes two days after
the life of regional corporations ended last
Friday and three months ahead of local
government polls, due by October.
The entire train of elections leads up to
general polls due in 22 months.
How do some analysts see today s action
in Chaguanas West?
Former Public Service head Reginald
Dumas said: "Problems---win, lose or draw."
Solution by Simulation pollster Nigel
Henry said: "Potentially, an historic day
Political scientist Bishnu Ragoonath said:
"Critical for T&T."
left, and Jennifer
Okoh, of the
serve lunches to
booth at the
Cuisine Food Fair
at the Lidj Yasu
EBC: All systems in place Chaguanas West electorate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27,052
Specialvotescastuptoyesterday. . . . . . . . . . . .70
EBCreturningofficer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .EverardRoss
(Career election officer since 1970)
TotalnumberofEBCpersonnel. . . . . . . . . . . . .270.
LastMPelectedin2010. . . . . . . . . . . .JackWarner
(UNC/PP) 18,740 votes.
(Polls over 1991 to 2010)
Originally it was part of the Chaguanas con-
stituency from 1961 to 2007 when the seat
was split into C/East and C/West.
Held the longest by UNC's Manohar Ramsaran
(four polls over 1995 to 2002).
Held by parties opposed to the PNM since 1956,
except during the 1971 No Vote campaign when
PNM's Balraj Deosaran won.
CHAGUANAS WEST BY NUMBERS
Voters are being urged to report any incidents
of election thuggery they may encounter during
today s Chaguanas West by-election.
The call came yesterday after several more
reports surfaced that strange men had infiltrated
the community and were terrorising supporters
of parties they deemed in opposition to theirs.
Some 27,052 constituents are eligible to vote in
today s by-election, which will run from 6 am to
Reports of election violence were raised during
the often heated campaigning, but police indicated
yesterday that they had not made any arrests
related to any such incidents.
Police said yesterday they had also beefed up
patrols in the constituency and this would continue
all day today.
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