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Heavy rains and flash
flooding created traffic
woes for commuters and
Schoolchildren had to
jump over overflowing drains
to reach the pavement as
they made their way to City
Just after midday the
sunny skies gave way to
thundershowers and gusty
winds. The conditions were
said to be in keeping with
the rainy season.
The T&T Meteorological
Service said yesterday the
rainfall was associated with
the inter-tropical conver-
gence zone (ITCZ).
It also warned of the pos-
sibility of landslides, given
the already saturated soil.
"Rivers of moderate car-
rying capacity could become
overwhelmed," the Met
It said the country was
not under tropical storm
watch or warning.
The adverse weather also
caused major traffic for driv-
ers leaving Port-of-Spain
and heading east.
The Met Office said peo-
ple should be vigilant and
cautious and should pay
attention to weather updates.
People s National Movement candidate
for Techier Village/Guapo in Point Fortin,
Sherwin St Hillaire, believes the post-
ponement of Monday s voting in his dis-
trict favoured the PNM.
Speaking near the Point Fortin RC
School yesterday, St Hillaire said people
who had initially chosen to vote for another
party on Monday had reverted to the PNM
because of Monday night s results.
His comments followed claims by the
MSJ that the suspension of Monday s vot-
ing could have led to the manipulation of
the results, as parties could have brought
out additional voters to boost their chances.
Despite this, St Hillaire said, the PNM
was always going to make a clean sweep
in Point Fortin and the delay had only
increased the margin of victory.
"This is again based on some of the
communication this morning from people
who came from casting their votes," he
"Those who may have considered an
alternative than the PNM indicated that
they had switched back, and those who
may have been disenchanted for whatever
reason and were undecided on voting
decided this time they were going to ensure
that they were going to vote."
On Monday, the Elections and Bound-
aries Commission (EBC) suspended voting
at the Guapo Government Primary School
in the Techier Village/Guapo district and
the Point Fortin RC School in the New-
lands/Mahaica district, where the wrong
ballot papers had been sent to the polling
The EBC issued an advisory, alerting
voters that the affected polling stations
would be reopened yesterday morning.
The EBC s chief election officer Ramesh
Nanan said yesterday voting ran smooth-
"Things are running smoothly as far as
the information that has come to me.
Around 11 am in 4696 (Techier
Village/Guapo), 73 people had voted and
around the same time, at 4730 (New-
lands/Mahaica) 66 people had voted,"
He said given the short space of time,
the EBC did all it could to alert electors
that the polls would be reopened.
St Hilaire said after Monday s tally, he
was already leading in his district, with
over 500 votes, and believed yesterday
voting would have given the PNM a greater
Although admitting that yesterday s
voter turnout was lower than Monday,
Point Fortin mayor Clyde Paul said the
borough remained and will continue to
be a PNM stronghold.
"My people were on the scene out there
and they have said so," Paul said.
"From our exit polls in those two sta-
tions up to the time they closed, we were
leading, we were ahead.
"In fact, 4696 polling station in the
Guapo area is the strongest in the entire
constituency. We were leading by close to
300 and the same thing would have
applied to the RC school there."
Asked if he felt the suspension could
have affected the PNM s chances to cop
all the aldermen positions in the borough
corporation, he said they were guaranteed
at least three.
"Probably, in hindsight, when we were
looking at the proportional representation
for the distribution of aldermen, we will
have to look and see the results as they
come in. I am sure we are going to get
three, based on the figures we have won
Despite being in a joyous mood, he said
he felt the PNM s machinery had broken
down in Siparia, where it should have got
a few seats.
A police corporal
accused of taking a $2,000
bribe to release a suspect
was granted $75,000 bail
Cpl John Joseph, 43, who
was last assigned to the
Chaguanas Police Station,
hid his face with a T-shirt
when he was taken to the
San Fernando Magistrates
Joseph, of McBean Vil-
lage, Couva, appeared before
Magistrate Rae Roopchand
who read the charges to him.
Joseph, the father of two,
was arrested on October 18
and charged by Insp Ramd-
hanie Dipchand of E-999,
The first charge alleged
that Joseph, as the officer
in charge of the Chaguanas
Police Station, made a false
statement in the station
diary stating that PC Ram-
charitar had warned Ishwar
Ramnarace about his behav-
The second and third
charges alleged that he cor-
ruptly agreed to and accept-
ed $2,000 to release Ram-
narace, knowing that he had
been arrested by PC Ram-
charitar and was expected
to be charged with obscene
language and resisting
Joseph s lawyer, Taradath
Singh, said his client was of
good character and had
strong community ties.
Joseph, he said, has been
in custody since last Friday
and had been to the
Chaguanas, Marabella and
San Fernando Police Sta-
tions. Singh asked for rea-
sonable bail with no Clerk
of the Peace approval.
After granting bail, the
magistrate transferred the
matter to Chaguanas Mag-
istrates Court for today.
Heavy rains create
traffic woes in PoS
Cop on bribery charge
granted $75,000 bail
Pt Fortin PNM candidate:
Voting delay makes
for easier victory
Albert Philip, left, and Stacey Hercules, voted at the Guapo Government Primary School
yesterday. Monday's voting at the school was suspended because the wrong ballot
papers had been sent to the polling stations. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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