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There are 53 polling stations in the constituen-
cy of St Joseph at 19 different locations, and the
Elections and Boundaries Commission s chief
elections officer Ramesh Nanan said yesterday
all systems were ready.
Polls open at 6 am and close at 6 pm.
The EBC has said that all measures are in
place for today s poll. And the police are expected
to be present in large numbers to ensure law
and order during the 12-hour exercise.
Results should be known by 9pm tonight.
The new MP is expected to be sworn in when
the Parliament reconvenes. It has not sat since
The year of four elections
Today s by-election is the fourth election in
the past 11 months. The first election for the
year was on January 21 for the Tobago House
of Assembly, which saw the People s Partnership
coalition member---the Tobago Organisation of
the People, TOP---suffer a humiliating defeat as
the PNM, led by Dr Keith Rowley, won all 12
On July 29, the second election for the year,
the Chaguanas West by-election, resulted in
another massive defeat for the main coalition
member of the PP, the United National Congress,
led by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Former national security minister and party
chairman Jack Warner retained the seat on an
Independent Liberal Party ticket---a party he
formed about three months ago---by a two-to-
Two weeks ago, on October 21, the UNC con-
tested a third election, this time the local gov-
ernment elections, which were constitutionally
due. Yet again the PP was defeated at the hands
of Rowley s PNM.
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Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn
Richardson said additional police would
be reporting for duty when the polling sta-
tions open today to oversee the voting
In an interview, he confirmed that an
additional 50 officers are going to be placed
in the St Joseph constituency.
He does not predict there would be any
"We have also set up an incident com-
mand centre at the Police Administration
Building and that would be manned from
6 pm today until stand down is given by
the commissioner some time on Monday
or Tuesday," Richardson said.
"We do not forsee any difficulty, we just
came out of a local government elections,
we have all the systems in place. Given what
transpired over the last two weeks we are
confident that we will manage it---there
would be no ontoward incident."
He warned members of the electorate to
obey the rules of the Elections and Bound-
aries Commission such as: "You should not
be wearing any political paraphernalia on
the day of election, you should not be
encouraging people to vote for one party as
against another, vehicles which are not out-
fitted with requisite stickers from the EBC
should not be entering the compound (of
the polling station) unless they are bringing
someone who is physically challenged."
Meanwhile, Elections and Boundaries
Commission chief elections officer Ramesh
Nanan said yesterday that all systems are
in place for today s by-election for the St
"Electors had the opportunity when the
preliminary list of electors was published,
it was posted up at two locations at each
of the 53 polling divisions, which comprise
the St Joseph electoral districts...They (the
electorate) had the opportunity to examine
those lists," he said.
Nanan added that if there were any con-
cerns including names ommitted from the
list, the electorate had the opportunity to
He said EBC did not receive any last-
minute complaints from candidates con-
testing the by-election.
Obey election rules
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