Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 19th 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 19, 2014
Hundreds of people were
not on the PNM s voting list
for yesterday s internal party
elections although they had
properly completed all the
processes for this, Team
Penny s Ronald Boynes said
That was the main problem
noted by Team Penny according
to Boynes who added: "We ve
noted massive problems over-
Boynes, the team s legal
adviser, said while the number
of participants for the elections
were alright in eastern areas
and PNMites had come out to
vote, there were many problems
with names not being on the
Team Penny stated the
absolute final voters list was
only issued last Saturday and
many members yesterday found
their names weren t on it.
Boynes, who monitored vot-
ing in five eastern constituen-
cies said, "A lot of people
whose names were on the pre-
liminary list, who were long-
standing members and had
ensured their membership was
in good standing by the
required February deadline were
not on the final voting list."
"That included a man who
has been a member since 1989
and who went to Balisier House
well ahead of the deadline to
ensure his membership was in
"Over 40 persons were
barred from voting in
Toco/Sangre Grand constituen-
cy several of whom I personally
registered using the numbered
membership forms prescribed
by the elections committee. Is
it that some people who were
recommended by certain per-
sons are being discriminated
Boynes added, "Also we had
a case of a lady and her daugh-
ter who registered together,
ahead of the deadline. She s not
on the list but her daughter is."
Boynes said the team is com-
piling all the data on the sit-
uation and we ll determine
what steps it would take:
"Elections must be free, fair
and properly run giving con-
testants a reasonable chance to
succeed. But what we re seeing
here, the party can take no
heart from this exercise,"
"This is about people s
choice and we must be sure
people can vote for their choice.
This situation speaks to the
capacity of the current leader-
Team Penny supporter
Laventille West MP Nileung
Hypolite said polling he d seen
was very slow---about 10 to 15
per cent--- due to continuing
election issues, he believed.
Hypolite said he received
reports of people campaigning
"right outside" the information
desk at the Barataria station.
A report from San Fernando
was a 14- year-old with the
surname Thomas was on the
voters list and actually voted,
when the voting age was 16
and over. Team Penny has
lodged a complaint on this.
Hypolite said people have
complained ballot numbers are
doubled and consecutive num-
bers mixed up.
Hypolite added, "We (PNM)
weren t ready for this election
If they had postponed it for a
month maximum to sort out
issues, we d have gotten a high-
"Whatever result, Team
Penny can still celebrate. We
will, if we win. But if we don t,
we can still celebrate as we d
have succeeded in going
through this one-man-one-
vote exercise for the first time
and identified issues so the next
time it s done we ll know the
challenges and can correct them
very early---and we have four
years to do so before another
Team Penny: Too
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Team Rowley accused of canvassing
Canvassing for Team Rowley was allegedly being
done at several polling stations including La
Horquetta polling station, Team Penny's east unit
The unit made the complaint, saying a printed card
with the names of Team Rowley candidates and a
pre-printed "X" in the vote boxes was reportedly
being given to voters entering the La Horquetta
The unit said this amounted to canvassing, a
practice strictly prohibited in the rules set by the
Elections Supervisory Committee of the PNM.
However, PNM incumbent chairman Franklin
Khan---defending the post on the Rowley slate---
said one could give out cards and talk to people
within the precincts of a polling station, but could
not do so inside the station.
Khan said he had no reports of problems. He said at
the Moruga station where he was located, the
turnout was "high---just like a general election,"
Some people went to Balisier House to follow up
on queries about their names and the voting list.
Diego Martin resident Mark Marcano said he went
to Balisier House headoffice yesterday afternoon to
ascertain why his name was not on the final list
after it had been on the preliminary list.
Marcano said his membership was in order and he
had gone to speak to the elections commission on
Elections vice chairman: Too much
complaints against Team Penny
PNM elections commission vice chairman
Murchison Browne said while he had received
several complaints about the voting process from
Team Penny officials, there had also been
accusations against that team about their
Browne spoke to T&T Guardian at 4 pm in between
touring constituencies to monitor activities in
PNM's internal poll.
He said the morning period indicated about 300
plus people voting with a slower process in the
He said, "Even if we get a 20 per cent turnout,
that's good for the first time---it's better than some
others who use the one-man-one-vote process."
He said he'd heard about many Team Penny
complaints, especially in Arima.
Browne added he had received "about a thousand
phone calls" from (MP Nileung ) Hypolite on
Browne said all issues had to be taken to the
presiding officer of the relevant station. He was at
that time awaiting formal complaints
Browne said Tobago feedback was that voting was
smoother with a good attendance at Scarborough
schools polling stations.
He said there was no negative feedback from south
and central activity.
At noon, incumbent general secretary Ashton Ford
said apart from the "usual" problems of some
people's names not being on the list, everything
was going smoothly .
At Port-of-Spain City Hall, the polling station for
Port-of-Spain constituencies, the officer in charge
said there had been a steady flow since 8 am.
Around 11.15 am the line was very short. Those on
hand included several members of a street
sanitation crew who were working nearby.
At the Diego Martin polling station on Wendy
Fitzwilliam Boulevard, about 200 people had voted
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