One of the main contenders in the Chaguanas West bye-election, ILP Interim Leader, Jack Warner, has claimed that there was canvassing of votes in Chaguanas West.
He told reporters: “There are 15 Prados here, all belonging to the Ministers, who are campaigning in Chaguanas West here. I want to apologise for that. They are not supposed to be here. I cannot understand how Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s Government could be campaigning this morning.”
However, his allegations were dismissed by his main rival, the UNC’s Khadijah Ameen.
She said: “We will adhere, we have been adhering to all of those requirements. We will not be involved in any canvassing or anything that we know is not acceptable by the EBC and it’s very easy to accuse someone else of something. The UNC has run a good campaign. I am confident that the results that will be seen today in terms of how we conducted ourselves. At all times, the UNC’s soldiers on the ground operated well. I did not see our people involved in any sort of violence, any intimidation. The UNC does not have a history of violence on election day.”
Over 27,000 residents were registered to cast votes for their new Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West on Monday.
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) anticipated a 60 percent voter turnout at Monday’s polls.
By lunch time, six hours after the polls opened, the EBC said approximately 35 percent of voters had already cast their votes at the various 14 polling stations in the constituency.
The polls will closed at 6 o clock this evening.