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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Lee Sing expresses concern over cell phone ban
Outgoing Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing is disappointed that the Elections and Boundaries Commission’s (EBC) ban on cell phones from voting booths was not as strict as it ought to have been.
Lee Sing, who did not let the morning rain prevent him from voting at the Cascade School for the Deaf, said he was just asked if he had a cell phone and when he said no, was allowed to go in to cast his vote.
“I am very concerned that we are not as aggressive as we ought to be in terms of the restrictions that we place on the electorate in terms of casting their ballots,” Lee Sing said in an interview after he voted. “If the ballot is so sacred, why aren’t we protecting it with a lot more aggressiveness?”
Lee Sing said people should be notified outside of the polling stations that they should not go in with cell phones.
“You can’t go to the US Embassy with your cell phones. We have to become a lot more rigid with the EBC rules and regulations.”
He said there was a time when there were men with bags of money waiting to pay for votes at polling stations.
Lee Sing was among a few people who came out to vote at the school in what many described as a low voter turnout in the capital city.
Around the city, few people were seen in polling stations but in the city it was easy to spot ink-stained index fingers as people went about their business.
Most voters reported a smooth voting process with only the occasional voter turned away because their name could not be found on the voting list.
At Belmont Secondary School, Anthony Charles went to vote as his name was on the preliminary voting list in St Ann’s West, but was told his name could not be found on the list at the polling station.
“They told me to check another polling station and I am going there to try and vote now. It is my civic duty,” Charles said.
There were no long lines as EBC officers said voting had been slow yesterday morning and only small groups could be seen at polling stations.
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