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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Warner 'first past the post' at Five Rivers
Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner was the first person to vote at the Five Rivers Secondary School when polls opened this morning.
Warner said his voting first symbolised the expected victory at the polls for the country’s newest political party, the ILP, which he formed in July after resigning from the UNC.
“I was first in the line and that is an indication of what will happen tonight,” he said.
He said the electoral process “worked well” and the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) should be commended for an excellent job. Warner told reporters there were no discrepancies in the voters’ lists.
Warner said despite the persistent showers he expected a large turnout of ILP voters.
He dismissed allegations of a cash-for-votes plan by his party. Deputy leader of the UNC, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, claimed the ILP had a plan to give supporters a mobile phone to take a picture of their ballot after voting and be paid subsequently.
But EBC chairman Dr Norbert Masson said he could not see how such a plan could have been effected, as no cell phones were to be allowed in the voting booth.
Warner said Moonilal, Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan were the “three most dangerous men in the entire world” and he would deal with Ramlogan “on a one-on-one” after the elections.
“The AG must go,” Warner insisted. “This is the finger that will save this country and give all of you a reason for living. Mark my words.”
UNC chairman Khadijah Ameen also said she was the first elector to vote at her polling station, at Carapo RC School.
Ameen, who lost to Warner in the July 29 Chaguanas West by-election, said she was confident the People’s Partnership would win.
She said Carapo was traditionally a UNC/PP area and a higher voter turnout would work in the PP’s favour.
And Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran, who voted shortly after 8 am, said he was relieved that the campaign had ended and was awaiting the verdict of the people.
Saying the campaign had “several lows,” Dookeran said the citizenry should be commended for their tolerance of it.
He praised the EBC for a good job of conducting the election.
Asked to comment on the achievements of the Congress of the People, the party he founded, Dookeran said it had “major hurdles to cross and continues to have those hurdles.”
The voter turnout at polling stations in the Tunapuna/Piarco Region was slow but steady. Mostly elderly people were seen at the various polling stations early yesterday.
There was a noticeable police presence at all stations visited in the region and there were no reports of untoward incidents.
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