Voting day in South Trinidad

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 11:00

Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein says he finds it surprising that voters were accusing EBC officials of not following proper guidelines during the voting process.

He was speaking in response to a report from journalist Cindy Raghubar-Teekersingh that proper procedures were not being followed when she went to vote at the Cowen Hamilton School in Princes Town.

Raghubar-Teekersingh said when she went to cast her ballot the presiding officer noticed it was not initialled and did not have a number. When the officer questioned another EBC representative, the official said she will put her initials after Raghubar-Teekersingh cast her ballot.

However, this raised concerns and the matter was eventually resolved.

Hosein said he was surprised by the report.

"I find this strange. They were supposed to be properly trained," Hosein said.

The Local Government minister also expressed shock at allegations from UNC Councillor for Vega de Oropouche, Anil Juteram that he was told he was entitled to two votes because he was a businessman.

Hosein said this was irregular.

"I don't know how that could happen. Every woman and man is entitled to one vote," Hosein added.

His brother, Ryaad Hosein, also voted at the San Fernando Central Secondary while the candidate for Les Efforts West/ La Romaine voted at the San Fernando West Secondary School.

Hosein said the voting process was smooth and he had no reports of any irregularities.

Meanwhile, police were out in full force at all of the polling divisions as promised by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.

Police search a vehicle believed to have fake number plates. The incident occurred in San Fernando.


Shortly before Hosein voted, police pulled over a car on Todd Street, San Fernando which they believe had a fake number plate. A couple was questioned and later released.

A camouflage army hat was seized by the officers.

Overall, most of the voters who came out during the early morning hours were mainly the elderly.

At Marabella South Secondary School, a steady stream of voters turned up after the polls opened.

These voters proudly display their fingers after exercising their franchise at the Marabella South Secondary School


Leon Lewis said he was happy with the process as he was out of there within five minutes.

Pensioner Charles Brewster who is 81 said he came out to get away from the rush and chaos.

"I am happy to exercise my civic duty. Everything went well," he added.

At St Paul’s Anglican Girls Primary, voting went slowly.

There were no issues of canvassing near the polling stations.