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EBC: 10 voters less in Barataria for by-election

Published: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

There has been a decrease of 10 voters for the electoral district of Barataria for next Monday’s by-election, while the number of voters for Belmont East remains the same according to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) revised list of electors.

The figure was given by EBC’s communications manager Dominic Hinds yesterday as the countdown to the July 16 election draws closer.

In the 2016 local government election, Hinds said 10,217 electors were registered with the EBC to vote in Barataria with Belmont recording 3,237 voters.

With the EBC updating its voters list in the last three weeks, Hinds said the figure has remained the same for Belmont with 3,237 registered voters, while Barataria saw a decline from 10,217 to 10,207- a drop of ten voters.

“This year’s revised list of electors is pretty much the same when compared to 2016,” Hinds said.

Last month, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley advised President Paul-Mae Weekes that both by-elections will be held on July 16.

Six candidates will be contesting the electoral districts.

For Belmont the United National Congress (UNC) has announced Lianna Babb-Gonzales, the People’s National Movement (PNM) is being represented by Nicole Young and the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) has offered Felicia Holder.

Contesting Barataria is UNC’s Sharon Maraj-Dharam, PNM’s Kimberly Small and Christoph Samlal is PEP’s choice.

Nomination day was June 25.

Between the hours of 6 am to 6 pm, Hinds said electors will be able to cast their votes at 13 polling stations- eight in Barataria and five in Belmont.

The seats in the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation and Port- of- Spain City Corporation became vacant following the death of councillors Pernell Bruno on July 8, 2017 and Councillor Darryl Rajpaul on November 18, 2017.

In the 2016 election, Hinds said PNM’s Rajpaul captured 724 votes in Belmont East. The UNC received 49. There were two rejected ballots. Taking home the Barataria district was Bruno who obtained 1898 votes. The UNC secured 1506 votes while there were 12 rejected ballots.

Hinds said the EBC’s has put all system in place for voters on Monday, refusing to say how much the commission has spent in training of officers and preparations.

At each polling station there will be a minimum of five polling day staff inclusive of a presiding officer and police officers.

Hinds said the rules for the by-election remain the same as political party cannot solicit votes outside polling stations and no cell phones will be allowed inside polling booths.

He said most voters would have already received their polling cards in the mailbox which they must take to the polling station.

If a voter did not receive a polling card in the mail, Hinds said one will be provided at the polling station they have been assigned to vote.

Hinds advised employers that they must grant their employees two hours off for voting.

This two hours excludes their one hour lunch meal.

He said any employer who fails to comply with the law can be fined $30,000 or imprisoned for 12 months.

Electors are advised to call the EBC’s hotline at 627-1516 or 0745 if they have any queries on polling day.

POLLING STATIONS

IN BARATARIA
Harmonites Pan Threate
St George’s College.
El Socorro Islamia Primary School.
St Dominic Savio (Barataria Boys RC Primary School.)
Barataria Anglican Primary School
Don Miguel (SDMS) Hindy School
Barataria South Secondary School
Barataria North Secondary School.
IN BELMONT
St Francis Boys’ College
Melville Memorial Girls AC Primary School
Belmont Boys’ RC Primary School
Belmont (St Francis) Girls’ RC Primary School
St Francois Girls’ College.

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