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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Electors brave rain to have their say in Sangre Grande
It was a quiet and rainy day in Sangre Grande today as constituents turned out to cast their votes.
Despite the rain, voters showed up as early as 5.30 am and waited outside their polling stations until it was time to vote.
There were only a few minor complaints by voters as they left the polling stations.
In an interview, Roland Taylor, brother of calypsonian Eric Taylor, better known as Pink Panther, said there were party supporters from the Independent Liberal Party and the Congress of the People soliciting votes outside the polling station.
Taylor, of Sahadine Trace, went to cast his vote at the North Oropouche RC School on the Paria Main Road.
“They were both outside here at the front and side of the building and when they realised that I was listening to what they were doing they moved across the street,” he pointed to a vacant lot opposite the compound.
“The police were inside the back of the building sheltering from the rain.”
Taylor also complained of the length of time it took to cast the ballot.
“I never experienced that before. Everything was okay but it was slow. It took between 15 to 20 minutes before I got through. It was not in any order and the officer was only calling who he was seeing,” he said.
Curtis Robinson, who voted at the Sangre Grande Hindu School, at Rousseau Street, said he came to vote before going to his work place in Curepe.
“There was no problem. It only took three minutes,” he raised his red ink stained finger proudly.
Avril Barnes, of Alfonso Street, said she didn’t care about the rain and came out to vote.
Barnes was one of the early voters at the Cunapo (St Francis) RC Primary School on Brierley Street.
Guaico Government Primary School and North Eastern College were the busiest of the polling stations as voters came out of their vehicles running through the rain.
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