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The People s National Movement (PNM)
increased its lead in the electoral districts
of Techier/Guapo and New Lands/Mahaica
adding a further 269 votes to their local
government elections haul on Tuesday
The Opposition party s candidates Sherwin
St Hillaire and Janelle St Hilaire were formally
declared winners of Techier/Guapo and New
Lands/Mahaica respectively after Elections
and Boundaries Commission (EBC) officials
completed their count of ballots shortly
before 10 pm.
EBC officials also had to re-count all bal-
lots that were cast on Monday.
PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley,
who was on hand to witness the party s
"red-wash" in Point Fortin on Tuesday night
at the corporation s town hall, told the T&T
Guardian that he was pleased with the
He said: "Point Fortin kept the trend that
we have done quite well. We held our posi-
tion, we have increased our currency. In the
last outing in Point Fortin we had lost one
seat we have recovered that quite handsomely
and we have improved our position."
Tuesday s victory in the two electoral dis-
tricts cemented the PNM s thumping of the
United National Congress (UNC) in the local
government elections which had to be
extended by one day in Point Fortin. Overall,
the PNM has taken control of eight of the
14 regional corporations, with Chaguanas
still being undecided.
This after an Elections and Boundaries
Commission (EBC) mix up with ballots.
Voters voting in polling station No 4696
located at the Guapo Government Primary
School in the electoral district of
Techier/Guapo and at polling station No
4730, at the Point Fortin RC Primary School
in the electoral district of Newlands/Mahaica
had to return to the polls on Tuesday after
it was discovered that a number of electors
voted using the wrong ballot papers in those
The EBC immediately suspended voting
at the stations on Monday and ordered an
On Tuesday the polls were re-opened in
the two polling divisions and voters returned
to cast their ballots.
The turn-out was low as only 317 votes
St Hillaire gained 161 votes on Tuesday
which took his tally to 884 votes for the
electoral district of Techier/Guapo. The
Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) gained
six votes, while the National Joint Action
Committee (NJAC) and the Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) added 13 more votes each
to their tallies.
The final count; PNM-884, MSJ-44, ILP-
223 and NJAC- 76.
St Hilaire s cousin, Janelle, added a further
108 votes to her tally for the electoral district
of New Lands/Mahaica. Her final total was
786 votes. The MSJ gained six votes, ILP
gained eight and NJAC added two more
votes to their total.
The final count for New Lands/Mahaica;
PNM-786, MSJ-66, ILP- 220 and NJAC-
85.Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul said he
was happy with the PNM s performance in
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in second round
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, centre, with the winning PNM candidates for
Techier Village/Guapo Sherwin St Hillaire and Janelle St Hilaire for New Lands/
Mahaica on Tuesday night at the Point Fortin Borough Corporation Town Hall, after
they were officially declared winners of their respective electoral districts in the local
government elections. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
People s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr
Keith Rowley says there would be no arrangement
or accommodation with the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) for control of the Chaguanas Borough
Rowley, speaking with the T&T Guardian on
Tuesday night at the Point Fortin Town Hall, said
the PNM would be offering its own nominee for
"We are not making an arrangement with any-
body there. We are going to put up a chairman
and they will vote. I presume they (the ILP and
the United National Congress) will put up theirs
too. We will work with the elected people but in
terms of what our position is in terms of offering
ourselves for office in the corporation, we go with
our position---that we have the majority," Rowley
Control of the keenly contested corporation
remains in limbo after Monday s local government
elections, which saw the UNC and the PNM capture
three electoral districts each in the corporation.
The ILP managed to capture the remaining two.
No clear winner could be declared.
Rowley suggested, in his interview on Tuesday
night, that the PNM would take control of the bor-
ough, that is, unless the UNC and the ILP join
The Opposition Leader dismissed Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar s declaration on Monday
that the UNC retained its heartland.
"They were seriously penetrated and that is why
Chaguanas is up in the air as to who is chairman
and so on.
"Unless the UNC and the ILP come together in
the morass that they find themselves in, the PNM
will take charge of Chaguanas, and that will send
home the message that we did win and we won
handsomely because we hold the popular vote in
Chaguanas," he said.
Rowley, commenting on the PNM s performance
at the polls, said the party did a lot better than
"We won Lengua, we won Las Lomas. These
areas are not areas that normally in a local election
you would see the PNM winning. We still have a
long way to go towards a general election and we
will be just as ready for general election and we
will do well there," he said.
The PNM leader attributed the party s success
in the elections to its stability and clean campaign.
"Our campaign was very clear. We rejected the
ILP as a party advocating wrongdoing as a way of
life and we rejected the UNC as a party running
our country with scandals by the hour."
He said the PNM presented itself as the alternative
to the UNC and the ILP and "we were of the view
that the majority of people would support our
position, and we have borne out the results."
The PNM leader said the party was expecting
to win the local government polls and admitted he
was expecting to win more districts.
But, he said, the PNM was heading into the St
Joseph by-elections on a high.
Rowley: Not us
and the ILP or UNC
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