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Monday, December 09, 2013
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PNM takes Point in second round
The People’s National Movement (PNM) increased its lead in the electoral districts of Techier/Guapo and New Lands/Mahaica adding a further 269 votes to their local government elections haul on Tuesday night. The Opposition party’s candidates Sherwin St Hillaire and Janelle St Hilaire were formally declared winners of Techier/Guapo and New Lands/Mahaica respectively after Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) officials completed their count of ballots shortly before 10 pm.
EBC officials also had to re-count all ballots that were cast on Monday. PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley, who was on hand to witness the party’s “red-wash” in Point Fortin on Tuesday night at the corporation’s town hall, told the T&T Guardian that he was pleased with the results. He said: “Point Fortin kept the trend that we have done quite well. We held our position, we have increased our currency. In the last outing in Point Fortin we had lost one seat we have recovered that quite handsomely and we have improved our position.”
Tuesday’s victory in the two electoral districts cemented the PNM’s thumping of the United National Congress (UNC) in the local government elections which had to be extended by one day in Point Fortin. Overall, the PNM has taken control of eight of the 14 regional corporations, with Chaguanas still being undecided. This after an Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) mix up with ballots.
Voters voting in polling station No 4696 located at the Guapo Government Primary School in the electoral district of Techier/Guapo and at polling station No 4730, at the Point Fortin RC Primary School in the electoral district of Newlands/Mahaica had to return to the polls on Tuesday after it was discovered that a number of electors voted using the wrong ballot papers in those polling stations. The EBC immediately suspended voting at the stations on Monday and ordered an investigation.
On Tuesday the polls were re-opened in the two polling divisions and voters returned to cast their ballots. The turn-out was low as only 317 votes were cast. St Hillaire gained 161 votes on Tuesday which took his tally to 884 votes for the electoral district of Techier/Guapo. The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) gained six votes, while the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) added 13 more votes each to their tallies. The final count; PNM-884, MSJ-44, ILP- 223 and NJAC- 76.
St Hilaire’s cousin, Janelle, added a further 108 votes to her tally for the electoral district of New Lands/Mahaica. Her final total was 786 votes. The MSJ gained six votes, ILP gained eight and NJAC added two more votes to their total. The final count for New Lands/Mahaica; PNM-786, MSJ-66, ILP- 220 and NJAC- 85. Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul said he was happy with the PNM’s performance in Point Fortin.
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