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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 5, 2013
SERVICE COMMISSIONS DEPARTMENT
WEDNESDAY 13TH TO
FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER, 2013.
United National Congress by-election can-
didate Ian Alleyne became embroiled in con-
troversy yesterday over whether he was eli-
gible to vote in the St Joseph constituency,
after it was discovered he was registered to
vote in the constituency by the Elections and
Boundaries Commission, although he gave
them an address in Couva when he registered
as a candidate.
Eventually, however, Alleyne, after consul-
tations with a team of lawyers, did not vote.
The issue arose after members of the media
got a release from Alleyne s camp on Sunday
saying he would vote at the Cipriani Labour
College, off the Churchill Roosevelt Highway,
Valsayn, at 10 am yesterday.
This puzzled members of the media, since
the EBC had given Alleyne s address on its
official listing of candidates as 21 Sevilla,
Brechin Castle, Couva.
Checks with EBC officials, however, revealed
that there was an Ian Leslie Alleyne registered
to vote at 49 Palm Road, St Joseph.
Frantic calls to both the EBC and Alleyne s
camp followed, with the media trying to con-
firm whether Alleyne could in fact vote.
Alleyne is known to have a home at Brechin
Castle in Couva. This was confirmed by his
campaign manager, Dhanraj Sirjoo, yesterday.
In a telephone interview, Sirjoo said Alleyne s
lawyers were trying to get things right and
"legal people" were dealing with it and making
sure it was justified, adding Alleyne had to
work under regulations.
He added that Alleyne was born and raised
in the Valsayn area, near the Kay Donna cin-
ema, but now lives in Brechin Castle.
Outside, at the UNC mock polling station,
one of the agents said Alleyne was registered
at Palm Road, Valsayn. The EBC listing had
Alleyne at 49 Palm Road, Valsayn.
In the interim, Alleyne s camp forwarded a
new e-mail to the media saying he would turn
up to vote at 1 pm. This was also then post-
poned and new times of between 4.30 pm
and 5 pm were forwarded to the media. When
contacted after this last e-mail, members of
Alleyne s team said the reason for the further
delay was that he was "out in the field."
The T&T Guardian decided to visit the Palm
Road address, which housed an apartment
complex. Five tenants there said they did not
know who Alleyne was and no one by that
name or matching his description lived there.
The Guardian was directed to the nearby
Woodland Road, where it was believed several
people connected to the UNC campaign were
based. A woman at a house claimed she had
rented one of the Palm Road apartments to
the government for $10,000 for one month.
Attempts to contact Alleyne were unsuc-
cessful, as he did not answer calls to his cell-
phone. Calls to his campaign team seeking
information were also unsuccessful, as they
claimed not to know where he was.
Shelly Dolabaille, EBC communications offi-
cer, said someone could vote even if they had
an old address on their identification card.
"If the person did not change, they can use
their old address, but we don t encourage
that," she said.
Dolabaille said, however, that she did not
wish to make any statement that was incorrect
and subsequently sent a copy of a rule on eli-
gibility to vote which is posted on the EBC
An EBC official, who asked not to be iden-
tified, said the Couva address would have been
what was given at the time Alleyne filed his
nomination. He said the EBC had gotten no
information since then that any of the can-
didates had relocated. When someone gave a
registration address, he said, the EBC verified
it by sending workers out in the field to check.
However, contrary to this EBC release, there
was information on its Web site about one
Ian Leslie Alleyne. Under "check your regis-
tration" on the Web site at www.ebctt.com,
the address for Ian Leslie Alleyne is Palm
Road, St Joseph.
Alleyne filed his nomination papers on Octo-
ber 14, 21 days ago, according to news reports.
The Couva address was given on those forms.
---Reporting by Yvonne Baboolal
Eligibility to vote
(i) A person is qualified to be an elector
for an electoral district at a
parliamentary, regional corporation,
Tobago House of Assembly, city or
borough election if on the qualifying date
he has resided in that electoral district
for a period of at least two months
preceding the qualifying date, and
· has resided for a period of at least two
months immediately preceding that date
in that electoral district; or
· has resided within ten miles of the city
or borough for a period of at least 12
months immediately preceding that date,
and during the period has owned or
occupied property in the city or borough
of an annual rateable value of not less
After registration discrepancies
Alleyne fails to vote
Money, cellphones and food
cards were said to have been
stealthily passed on to United
National Congress (UNC) voters
in yesterday s St Joseph by-elec-
tion, provided they voted for the
Several angry workers at the
People s National Movement
(PNM) mock polling station near
St Joseph Government Primary
School claimed that all day yes-
terday voters were collecting up
to $500 for their vote from the
UNC tent a few metres away.
"$500 a vote! All them fellas on
the hill in Caiman. They just start
calling them. Everybody going and
vote, and when they vote they
going back there to get their
money. We seeing it! We seeing
it!" one mock poll worker yelled
yesterday afternoon, two hours
before the polls closed.
Transport Minister Stephen
Cadiz was at the UNC mock
polling station since midday, and
laughed when asked about the
accusation, then denied it.
"The UNC is by no means part
and parcel of any operation like
that, about buying votes and what
have you. We have never had a
history of that. We don t do that,
that is not how we campaign.
"What others do, that is their
business," Cadiz said.
But one voter seated near the
UNC camp, who identified himself
as Kevin, said he collected $300
for his vote around 7.30 yesterday
morning. He said he did not have
to show any proof of which party
he voted for, simply say he voted
for the UNC.
He laughed as he added that no
one was really voting for UNC, but
"Plenty people get money. Real
man get. But they vote PNM," the
30-year-old construction worker
Hesitant to reveal who handed
him the money, Kevin whispered,
"All my bredren and them get. But
hear, all them men who get went
and vote PNM, though, I telling
He said he also received a cell-
phone, which he described as "the
Blu selling for $100 in bmobile,"
which he had already sold to a
friend. "This is election time. Any-
thing goes," he laughed again.
A trip to the TML Primary
School on the Eastern Main Road
revealed another instance of alleged
Marcia Chan Pak, councillor for
St Joseph, showed reporters a cell-
phone that she said was given to
her by a voter who said he was
bribed by the UNC for his vote.
"We ve had some challenges
today," she said, adding that the
voter had also received $200 "to
vote for the UNC."
"The person knows me, and
came up to my office and told me
what went on," saying she could
not reveal his identity. The phone
did not have a SIM card.
"There has been a lot of intim-
idation with people being offered
money to vote for the UNC," she
said. "The only proof I have really
is the phone. The rest are allega-
Chan Pak said she could not
report the incident to the police,
as the onus was on the person who
received it, but said she would keep
it as evidence.
UNC candidate for the con-
stituency, Ian Alleyne, was a few
steps away, greeting people near
UNC s mock polling station.
When asked about the allega-
tions, he said "That s the first time
I hearing that. You need to speak
with the lawyers and them,"
Alleyne said as he rushed off, not
before saying results looked
Alleyne s lawyer Larry Lalla said
he knew nothing about the
rumours of the UNC buying votes,
and asked "How you know is UNC
they get the money from?"
Former St Joseph MP, Herbert Volney shows his stained index finger after casting his vote
during the St Joseph by-election yesterday.
Bribes for votes, say residents
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