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night of the
An EBC official told the T&T Guardian yes-
terday they were not sure where some of the
media got a figure of 26 per cent as a "final"
figure for the election turnout, as it had been
stated on Monday that that was a preliminary
estimate and final figures would be forthcom-
ing along with other results later in the week.
The EBC yesterday released the official per-
centage for Monday s voter turnout---43.52 per
cent of the electorate.
An EBC statement said 451,179 people voted
on Monday out of a total electorate of 1,036,6731
officially registered up to October 20.
PNM MP Colm Imbert told the T&T Guardian
he had obtained the 43.52 per cent figure and
preliminary results since Tuesday.
EBC officials, however, said after initial pre-
liminary estimates on Monday night, the EBC
had been busy after Monday with recounts,
Tuesday s repeat voting in Point Fortin and
working out the allocation of aldermen, which
was "a new and very time-consuming" aspect
of the exercise.
After Monday s polls the EBC was unable to
give an official voter turnout figure, and pre-
liminary estimates, widely reported up to 12.30
am Tuesday, indicated that turnout was around
26 to 27 per cent.
On Tuesday, all three daily newspapers report-
ed a low turnout.
The T&T Guardian and Express gave identical
figures: PNM 116,000, UNC 84,000 and ILP
The Guardian reported these on Tuesday as
The Express said, "The voter turnout was 26
Newsday reported, "Some estimated that
about 200,000 voted...meaning the turnout
could hover around a record low of 20 per cent."
EBC officials subsequently told the T&T
Guardian they were engaged in working out the
aldermen selection and voter recounts, and at
that time also said the same figure was appli-
cable as a preliminary estimated figure, adding
that final official turnout would be released
That was done yesterday.
-With reporting by Gail Alexander
• From Page 1
The mayors for the various corporations
can now be chosen.
PNM MP Colm Imbert, who said he had
received preliminary figures from the elec-
tions since Tuesday and had worked out
the situation since Wednesday, yesterday
said the PNM had benefited from the pro-
portional representation system.
"We got the lion s share of the aldermen
so it appears this PR formula the Govern-
ment was so insistent on has backfired on
them and it shows you cannot approach
serious matters by vaps and they should
have thought it through better," he said.
"If they had listened to us in Parliament
they might have had different results."
The PNM s attorney, Michael Quamina,
wrote to the EBC on Wednesday with con-
cerns about the interpretation of the PR
system. However, the PNM noted the EBC
had shared its view of the interpretation of
Meanwhile, the UNC s Suruj Rambachan
said: "The Prime Minister today stands tall
in respect of introducing proportional rep-
resentation for the choice of aldermen, since,
while the ILP and PNM vehemently and
angrily rejected the system, they are the
"We always said it that we re concerned
about the way minorities are unrepresented
based on the first-past-the-post system,
as we have shown that even though PR has
been to our disadvantage, it has been to the
advantage of ensuring a better democracy
and fairer representation," he said.
"We ve always said with this system every
vote counts and we have proved this beyond
a shadow of a doubt. Today the represen-
tation of everyone is now assured. You can-
not have a real democracy if minorities are
left out. We in the UNC speak of inclusion
and we ve ensured inclusion has been
Rambachan said while the PNM "boast-
ed" of winning, preliminary results published
in one newspaper yesterday showed there
were thousands of people who voted against
COP officials, who met last night on the
election results, didn t answer calls for com-
ILP meet on Chaguanas
Yesterday, ILP chairman Robin Montano,
commenting on the party s five aldermen,
said: "We expect our aldermen to carry the
ILP s flag high. But our executive hasn t
met on Chaguanas yet. I ll advocate to them
we should do whatever is in the best interest
of the Chaguanas burgesses and we should
consult them before alliance with anyone."
"But if the PNM or PP told us they d give
us control and the mayorship, I d have no
problem linking with them, once it s in the
people s interests," Montano added.
ILP leader Jack Warner was reported yes-
terday as saying Chaguanas should be in
the ILP s hands.
PNM sources hinted that the PNM s move
to break the deadlock in the Chaguanas
corporation---where the PNM and PP each
have three seats and the ILP two---may
involve nominating successful PNM can-
didate Ronald Heera for mayor. Heera, who
won in Enterprise South, may be acceptable
by the ILP if it comes to a vote for mayor,
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
noting recent campaign allegations against
ILP candidates, has said the Government
wouldn t negotiate with any party that sup-
PNM, UNC claim
victory on aldermen
A senior EBC official said last night that
preliminary results showed:
PNM 188,894 votes
ILP 102, 801
Seers Party 43
The source stressed that this count was
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