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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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Activist arrested outside polling station
A 68-year-old social activist will appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate Tuesday morning charged with attempting to influence voters at a Maraval polling station Monday morning.
The activist was arrested by police from the Port-of-Spain CID led by ASP Ajith Persad, near the Boissiere Village RC Primary School.
Shortly after 10 am police were told the activist was standing outside the school with a placard. He was reportedly asking voters not to support the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and its interim leader Jack Warner.
When the police arrived, they watched the activist for some time, before telling him he was committing an election offence.
He was arrested and taken to the St Clair Police Station, where he was charged under Section 91 of the Representation of the People Act.
The legislation says: “During the hours that the poll is open upon polling day no person shall, in any polling station or upon any road or in any public place within 100 yards of any polling station, seek to influence any elector to vote or to refrain from voting for any candidate or political party or to ascertain for whom any elector intends to vote or has voted.”
The offence carries a penalty of a $7,500 fine or up to three months’ imprisonment.
Senior Supt Stephen Pustam, Insp Powder and Cpl McCain were involved.
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