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It was preceded in January by the Tobago
House of Assembly, won by the Opposi-
In July, the Chaguanas West by-election
was won by Warner who formed the ILP
then. Today s poll will also be followed in
two weeks by the St Joseph by-election.
The PP, formed in 2010, has mounted a
strong offensive for today s three-way fight
to defend turf in the 11 corporations which
it won in the 2010 local government polls,
soon after that year s general election vic-
The three-month old ILP is seeking to
win all corporations, targetting PP-held
The 58-year-old PNM, now in Opposi-
tion, aims to increase the three corporations
it won in 2010 by retaking several and
increasing seats on others, and overtake
both PP and ILP numbers.
On the mood of contenders, UNC deputy
leader Suruj Rambachan yesterday said: "
I m very optimistic about the outcome.
We ve done our campaign work and our
work as government and people will judge
us on that. Our machinery is in place and
MPs are managing clusters of candidates.
We re fighting each area with equal attention
as we know winning is important to continue
our progress. We wish everyone the best."
COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
said: "We presented our candidates and
aldermen on a campaign which was com-
pletely local and on issues and on that basis
we ran a good campaign. Our machinery is
well placed and I m happy with it."
PNM chairman Franklin Khan said: "We re
bringing out our voters and we re cautiously
optimistic we ll do extremely well. We have
good, fine-tuned election day machinery
in place. Last Saturday was the culmination
of the PNM s resurgence which we want to
translate into electoral victory Monday and
keep that momentum up for the St Joseph
ILP chairman Robin Montano said: "We
remain confident we ll do well. We re little
more than three months and not only
become a major contender, but we look as
if we re in a position, not only to do well,
but to actually win the local government
MSJ leader David Abdulah said: "This
election will be important in determining
what people are thinking. Our vibes from
the ground are very encouraging. The politics
is opening up and very dynamic and between
now and general election will be a very
active time and we ll be part of that process."
In today s exercise, voters will cast ballots
in two additional seats according to the
EBC s 2011 order which increased the num-
ber of local government seats from 134---
which was contested in 2010---to 136.
Couva /Tabaquite/Talparo Corporation
increased from 13 to 14 seats and the Princes
Town Corporation also increased from nine
to 10 seats.
The EBC order also stipulated changes
to the internal boundaries of almost half
the corporations. These included in six of
the eight Chaguanas seats, two Port-of-
Spain seats, five Arima seats, three Point
Fortin seats and two Mayaro seats.
Today, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar
will vote at San Francique Hindu Primary
School at 11 am, her secretariat said.
Former prime minister Patrick Manning
votes at San Fernando Methodist Primary
School at 11 am, he confirmed.
Opposition Leader Keith Rowley votes
at St Anthony s College in Diego Martin
this morning, PNM officials said.
ILP s Sunil Ramjitsingh said leader Jack
Warner would vote in Arouca but hadn t
advised at what time.
Special voting which began last Tuesday
and ended yesterday has seen a steady
stream of people at most EBC posts.
For today s exercise, EBC shifted polling
stations 1325 and 1330 from St Dominic s
Xavier and Barataria RC School both to St
Georges College, Barataria due to recent
earthquake damage at the other two loca-
From Page A1
About today's exercise
• Workers are allowed two hours off to vote
according to the Representation of the People
• Voting starts 6 am, ends 6 pm.
• There are 14 municipalities in contention.
• Cities of Port-of-Spain, San Fernando.
• Boroughs of Pt Fortin, Arima, Chaguanas.
• Corporations of Diego Martin, San
Juan/Laventille, Tunapuna/Piarco, Sangre
Grande, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Princes
Town, Rio Claro/Mayaro, Penal/Debe, Siparia.
• 136 seats up for contest.
• Four aldermen's posts per municipality
under new proportional representation
system---total of 66 aldermen for selection.
• Winning one eighth of the votes cast is
necessary for a candidate to get back a deposit.
• There are: 1,449 polling divisions.
• 2,080 polling stations, mainly schools.
• 2,080 EBC presiding officers.
• Total T&T electorate @ October 7---1,
• Total electorate in Tobago East and West,
• Total Trinidad electorate for today's poll---1,
• Tunapuna/Piarco has the largest voter
• In the 2010 local government polls, PP won
99 seats in 11 corporations.
• In 2010, seats parties contested
numbered---83 (UNC), 50 (COP), 132 (PNM).
• 2010 local government electorate---998,787.
• 2010 local government voter turnout---
• 2010 local government percentage
turnout---30 per cent.
• Voter turnout over 1999/2003---37 to 38
• Prior to 2010 local government poll, the
election wasn't held for seven years.
• PNM had "landslide" 2003 win of
nine of 14 corporations.
Keen battle in today's polls
Members of 3Canal
rapso group, from left,
and Roger Roberts,
musicians of the Skiffle
Brass section, perform
during Skiffle Through
the Years---a Tribute To
Pat Bishop, at the
Southern Academy of
the Performing Arts,
San Fernando, on
TRIBUTE TO PAT
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