The ballot boxes for the PNM Tobago Council internal elections currently are under police guard at the Council’s headquarters.
And the ballots will be kept under the watchful eye of the police, to ensure no tampering takes place, until counting resumes this afternoon.
Counting of ballots came to a halt in the early hours of Monday, much to the dismay of many members of the PNM. Several expressed concern that the election might have been rigged, and questioned the reasons behind the delay.
Counting of ballots in the Tobago Council of the People's National Movement's (PNM) internal elections continues at 2 pm today.
Confirmation has come from Chairman of the Election Supervisory Committee, Alvin Pascal.
Pascal told Guardian Media a decision was taken in the wee hours of Monday morning to stop counting the ballots. The counting began after 6 pm yesterday, when the polling stations closed.
"The boxes with the ballots are sealed and guarded by two police officers at the Council's office," he told Guardian Media.
Disgruntled PNMites became angry and suspicious when ballots boxes failed to show after midnight at the PNM's Tobago Council's offices at Bacolet Road on Sunday.
Ann John, a resident of John Dial, Tobago, was one of a handful of supporters who had gathered sometime after 6 pm on Sunday eagerly awaiting results. Shortly before 11pm, John became furious and demanded answers. John said she believe something was sinister was at hand.
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.
There are reports that more than a dozen voters with poll cards were turned away from the polls on Monday—in the marginal electoral district of California-Point Lisas—when they went to cast ballots at the Couva East Secondary School.
Couva South MP, Rudranath Indarsingh, said he got several calls that there have been a number of election discrepancies.
Indarsingh said a woman in possession of a poll card was told that her name was not on the list. He said the woman insisted that they look for her name on the binder until she was allowed to vote.