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Voting in South
Trinidad got off to a slow
start yesterday as heavy
impeded some electors
on their way to cast their
However, as the bad
weather dissipated by
midday, voters turned out
in steady numbers.
Elections and Bound-
aries Commission (EBC)
officers at the Macaulay
School and Forres Park
Servol Life Centre, both
in Claxton Bay, reported
short lines at 8.30 am.
One voter at Forres
Park expressed concern
that there were no police
at the two polling stations
on the compound.
"I was surprised there
was no police," the voter
The presiding officer
at one of the two polling
approached, said the
media were not allowed
in the voting area.
"You are allowed to
Voting in Chaguanas West, the
stronghold of Independent Liberal
Party interim political leader Jack
Warner, was incident-free, according
to "shadow MP" Vasant Bharath.
"All eyes are upon Chaguanas West
because of what happened in the July
29 by-election," Bharath told the T&T
A former UNC stronghold, the seat
was won by Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) MP Jack Warner, by an over-
While there were reports of thug-
gery and intimidation in the con-
stituency during the by-election and
one incident in which a voter was
knocked down by a driver from Attor-
ney General Anand Ramlogan's secu-
rity detail, reports yesterday were that
the voting process was incident free.
Regular police patrols were seen in
Voter turnout was reported as slow
but steady, despite early-morning
showers. Voting was reportedly high
in Montrose, described as a marginal
Bharath, who has been assisting the
UNC candidate in the Felicity, Char-
lieville and Munroe Road areas, said,
"There have been no incidents per se.
Voting was quite smooth, although a
bit slow in these districts."
Bharath blamed the slow voting on
the rain and the fact that traditionally
there was a low voter turnout for local
government elections. He expected
voting to increase in the afternoon.
Chaguanas East MP Stephen Cadiz,
who was monitoring the Montrose,
Cunupia, Enterprise North and Enter-
prise South areas, said voter turnout
was on par with that in the 2010 local
"The amount of people who voted
so far will equal the number who voted
in the 2010 general election," he felt.
Cadiz attributed this to a change
in the electoral boundaries of the area,
with a part of Endeavour now being
"You would have a higher-than-
normal voter turnout," he said.
Cadiz said voting in these areas was
also without incident.
Outgoing Chaguanas Mayor Orlan-
do Nagessar, who was quietly trying
to "clean out" his office when the
Guardian visited yesterday, was opti-
mistic about the UNC retaining the
"I was told that voter turnout in
Montrose, a marginal seat, was the
highest ever experienced. About 1,500
had voted before midday."
Nagessar said the general feedback
from the ground was that a lot of peo-
ple in Chaguanas who had switched
from the UNC to the ILP had switched
"People feel the ILP not in govern-
ment and will not be able to deliver,"
one voter said.
come in and vote if you
have to vote here, but you
cannot be in here," she
One of the presiding
officers said at 8.30 am
25 people had voted.
As the T&T Guardian
was leaving, voters were
seen running through the
rain to get to the school
One voter said after-
wards that he was happy
with the process in the
"It was quick, I did not
have any problems. My
name was on the list," he
At the Golconda Com-
munity Centre, Retrench
Village, Golconda, EBC
officials reported a con-
sistent flow of electors
from the polling division
By 8.30 am they had
recorded 50 votes.
A senior elections offi-
cer said the heavy rain
yesterday morning did
not keep voters away.
"Many would have
popped in to vote before
going off to work," the
At noon the 14 polling
stations in Barrackpore
West had recorded some
In San Fernando voting
was taking place at a
At the San Fernando
Boys' Government Pri-
mary School some par-
ents were seen entering
the polling station with
their children as they
went to vote.
Among the voters there
was outgoing San Fer-
nando mayor Dr Navi
Muradali, who voted
shortly after 10 am.
Proudly displaying his
ink-stained index finger,
Muradali declared he
voted for the Congress of
the People "all the way."
He congratulated the
EBC for the good process
at the polling station and
said it took him about five
minutes to vote, as there
was a very short line.
"I hope that it is emu-
lated throughout the city.
Once we have a high
voter turnout I am sure
people would do the right
thing," Muradali added.
He said he had heard
there was a fairly good
turnout at the polling sta-
tions in San Fernando.
He was pleased to see
the high police presence.
"We have had no irreg-
ularities, to my knowl-
edge, at this time. There
were a lot of police offi-
cers at this polling station.
Security has been beefed
up and I do not expect
any untoward events," he
Muradali said more
young people had come
out to cast their vote yes-
for South voters
Ruby D Persad, centre, of San Fernando, came out with her children, left, Candy D Persad,
Peter D Persad, Glenn D Persad and Percival D Persad to cast their ballot at the San
Fernando East Secondary School yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Incident free voting in
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