Investigations have begun into a picture circulating on social media of a Trinidad and Tobago ID card bearing the image of a Venezuelan national identified as Juan-Luis Marcano Navarro.
The image is accompanied by a picture of an ID card of a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, Temika Rane-Smart with the same ID card number as that of the one apparently issued to Navarro.
The image has sparked claims of voter padding ahead of local Government elections due to be held this year and general elections due next year.
National Security Minister Stuart Young in a statement said he had requested an urgent investigation into this matter to determine the facts.
He claimed that the picture was forwarded to him by concerned citizens who brought it to his attention that the Opposition is circulating the image.
He added that he had communicated with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Immigration Division and the Elections and Boundaries Commission.
Meanwhile, Ms Rane-Smart, whose ID card is believed to have been duplicated, says she has been left upset by the entire incident.
Speaking on CNC3 this morning, she expressed her concern regarding the possible ramifications.
The EBC has since said however that it had completed a thorough search of its database and can assure that no T&T national identification card was ever issued to Juan-Luis Marcano Navarro, nor does that name exist on its database.
The EBC said it is aware that Minister Young has initiated an investigation and assured that it will provide assistance to the respective agencies in resolving this matter.
The EBC reassured the public that it’s national database, which has the biodata of every person, has not been compromised.
This has done nothing however to ease Ms. Rane-Smart fears as she noted that the EBC’s statement does not change much for her or the possible complications she may face in the future.
It also urged persons who are aware of anyone using fraudulent ID cards to bring it to the attention of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.