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Sunday, December 08, 2013
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Heavy rainfall dampens Arima voter turnout
Heavy rains resulted in a low voter turnout for the better part of this morning in Arima.
Polls opened promptly at 6 am but information officers at the various polling stations said there was a “very slow trickle” of voters at the Malabar RC Primary School, Arima Central Secondary School, Arima Girls’ Government Primary School, Arima Girls’ RC Primary School and at the Pinto Community Centre.
The Arima Girls’ RC was virtually empty between 6 am and 9 am with just one or two people coming to cast their ballots.
“Voting has been very slow and a lot has to do with the heavy rain and the thunder and lightning. The few who did turn up to vote were middle aged and elderly people. We have not had any young people, that is persons in their 20s or even early 30s coming to vote thus far,” said one information officer at the Arima Girls’ RC School.
The Malabar RC and the Arima North Secondary School however, were busy between 6 am and up to midday with a steady stream of electors.
“So far, everything is smooth. There were no major upsets. People were very co-operative with the clerks and obeyed instructions,” one electoral officer at the Malabar RC School said.
Several young people also turned up at the Arima North Secondary School to exercise their franchise.
“It is important young people come out to vote but it is unfortunate many of them do not recognise the importance and the power of voting,” said one young woman moments after having her right index finger stained.
As the rains eased just after midday, the number of voters increased throughout the polling stations.
Around 1 pm there was an influx of voters, some accompanied by children while others had to use the assistance of walkers, at the Malabar RC School.
“The rain was really a major keep back. I think more people will come out to vote once the weather holds up,” one resident from La Chance Trace, O’Meara Road said.
There was also a heavy presence of police officers at all the polling stations. Officers were also seen patrolling throughout Arima.
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