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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Smooth sailing for South voters
Voting in South Trinidad got off to a slow start Monday as heavy early-morning showers impeded some electors on their way to cast their ballots.
However, as the bad weather dissipated by midday, voters turned out in steady numbers.
Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) officers at the Macaulay Government Primary School and Forres Park Servol Life Centre, both in Claxton Bay, reported short lines at 8.30 am.
One voter at Forres Park expressed concern that there were no police at the two polling stations on the compound.
“I was surprised there was no police,” the voter said.
The presiding officer at one of the two polling stations, when approached, said the media were not allowed in the voting area.
“You are allowed to come in and vote if you have to vote here, but you cannot be in here,” she said.
One of the presiding officers said at 8.30 am 25 people had voted.
As the T&T Guardian was leaving, voters were seen running through the rain to get to the school to vote.
One voter said afterwards that he was happy with the process in the polling station.
“It was quick, I did not have any problems. My name was on the list,” he said.
At the Golconda Community Centre, Retrench Village, Golconda, EBC officials reported a consistent flow of electors from the polling division of Bronte.
By 8.30 am they had recorded 50 votes.
A senior elections officer said the heavy rain yesterday morning did not keep voters away.
“Many would have popped in to vote before going off to work,” the officer said.
At noon the 14 polling stations in Barrackpore West had recorded some 1,800 votes.
In San Fernando voting was taking place at a steady pace.
At the San Fernando Boys’ Government Primary School some parents were seen entering the polling station with their children as they went to vote.
Among the voters there was outgoing San Fernando mayor Dr Navi Muradali, who voted shortly after 10 am. Proudly displaying his ink-stained index finger, Muradali declared he voted for the Congress of the People “all the way.”
He congratulated the EBC for the good process at the polling station and said it took him about five minutes to vote, as there was a very short line.
“I hope that it is emulated throughout the city. Once we have a high voter turnout I am sure people would do the right thing,” Muradali added.
He said he had heard there was a fairly good turnout at the polling stations in San Fernando.
He was pleased to see the high police presence.
“We have had no irregularities, to my knowledge, at this time. There were a lot of police officers at this polling station. Security has been beefed up and I do not expect any untoward events,” he said.
Muradali said more young people had come out to cast their vote yesterday.
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