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Voters warned: Obey election rules
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson said additional police would be reporting for duty when the polling stations open today to oversee the voting process. In an interview, he confirmed that an additional 50 officers are going to be placed in the St Joseph constituency. He does not predict there would be any major disruptions. “We have also set up an incident command centre at the Police Administration Building and that would be manned from 6 pm today until ‘stand down’ is given by the commissioner some time on Monday or Tuesday,” Richardson said. “We do not forsee any difficulty, we just came out of a local government elections, we have all the systems in place. Given what transpired over the last two weeks we are confident that we will manage it—there would be no ontoward incident.”
He warned members of the electorate to obey the rules of the Elections and Boundaries Commission such as: “You should not be wearing any political paraphernalia on the day of election, you should not be encouraging people to vote for one party as against another, vehicles which are not outfitted with requisite stickers from the EBC should not be entering the compound (of the polling station) unless they are bringing someone who is physically challenged.”
Meanwhile, Elections and Boundaries Commission chief elections officer Ramesh Nanan said yesterday that all systems are in place for today’s by-election for the St Joseph seat. “Electors had the opportunity when the preliminary list of electors was published, it was posted up at two locations at each of the 53 polling divisions, which comprise the St Joseph electoral districts...They (the electorate) had the opportunity to examine those lists,” he said. Nanan added that if there were any concerns including names ommitted from the list, the electorate had the opportunity to highlight it. He said EBC did not receive any last-minute complaints from candidates contesting the by-election.
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