Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 22nd 2013 Contents Of the remaining six Chaguanas seats,
the PP and the PNM each took three.
ILP chairman Robin Montano conceded
overall defeat as early as 9 pm, saying, "The
results show the country has retreated to
tribalism...so we have failed. It s clear from
the results we didn t win. But we ll try again
Warner later said the ILP has become
T&T s third political force, is "here to stay"
and would continue building.
The PNM, which last controlled cor-
porations prior to 2010, yesterday returned
to majority control in a trend established
as early as 8.15 pm, when the party took
the Diego Martin regional corporation.
Former UNC corporation chairman Antho-
ny Sammy conceded at that time.
Results by corporation
The PNM retained Port-of Spain, San
Juan/Laventille and Point Fortin and re-
took the corporations of Diego Martin,
Tunapuna, Arima, Sangre Grande and San
Fernando, which the PP won in 2010.
The PNM also picked up seats and
increased votes in what were traditionally
non-PNM areas. Rowley particularly noted
the PNM s win in Chaguanas.
The 11 corporations the PP won in 2010
fell to five: Penal/Debe, Siparia, Princes
Town, Rio Claro/Mayaro, and
What next in Chaguanas?
The focus now falls on Chaguanas,
where both the PP and PNM won three
The ILP, which won two seats, holds
the balance of power there.
ILP s support yesterday came mainly
from north Caroni. However, there was a
swing back to the UNC in Felicity, which
was Warner s stronghold in Chaguanas
PNM public relations officer Faris Al-
Rawi told the T&T Guardian that while
the PP and the PNM picked up three seats
each, the PNM received the most votes
and therefore potentially could control the
UNC party officials said there might be
some "leveraging" for control of that cor-
poration. But they didn t believe the UNC
would want to link with the ILP.
On whether the ILP would form an
alliance with the PNM, chairman Montano
told the T&T Guardian, "If I had my way,
the answer would be no. But the party
hasn t met on this. But as far as I m con-
cerned, I d say no."
Voting today in Point
While the PNM won seats in Point
Fortin, last night s outcome is minus results
for two of the six polling stations in Point
Fortin, after the Elections and Boundaries
Commission suspended voting at a Guapo
and a Mahaica polling station after finding
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Arima: 7/7 seats
Diego Martin: 10/10
San Fernando: 8/9
San Juan/Laventille: 12/13
Sangre Grande: 5/8
Point Fortin: 4/6
(two more polling stations to vote today)
Election officers assist wheelchair-bound Ramraghee Maharaj down the steps after
she voted at Cipero RC School which, like many polling stations, are not wheelchair
accessible. PHOTO:RISHI RAGOONATH
a number of electors had voted using the wrong
ballot papers. Voting will resume at the two stations
today from 6 am to 6 pm. (See page A6)
EBC chief elections officer Ramesh Nanan said
the procedure of doing the vote on another day
was not unprecedented, since a similar incident
occurred in the 2003 local government elections.
The Movement for Social Justice failed to win
any of the 16 seats among seven corporations the
party contested. Nor did any of the two smaller
parties or four independents who participated.
Elections by numbers
Rain put a damper on yesterday s elections, which
saw a very low voter turnout .
Preliminary estimates put the turn-out around
263,000 out of Trinidad s 1,036, 721 electorate.
EBC stated it would give an official figure today.
After lines earlier in the morning at some venues,
by 1.50 pm yesterday a 22 per cent turn out was
reported in some places, with a surge in the evening.
There was high police visibility throughout
Trinidad for the exercise.
Preliminary figures indicated the PNM received
approximately 116,000 votes nationally, to the PP s
84,000 and the ILP, 62,000.
The EBC s Nanan said on the basis of last night s
results, the EBC will work out the allocation of the
56 aldermen for the respective corporations over
the next three to four days using the mathematical
formula under the new proportional representation
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