Thursday 24 September, 2020

Dookie confident of victory in marginal Pointe-a-Pierre constituency

Pictured: People's National Movement (PNM) candidate Daniel Dookie speaks with members of the media before casting his ballot at the Marabella Community Centre on August 10, 2020.

Pictured: People's National Movement (PNM) candidate Daniel Dookie speaks with members of the media before casting his ballot at the Marabella Community Centre on August 10, 2020.

Four candidates are battling for the marginal constituency of Pointe-a-Pierre, but the People's National Movement (PNM) candidate Daniel Dookie says he is confident of victory.

The United National Congress' (UNC) David Lee, Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) Political Leader David Abdulah and the Progressive Empowerment Party's (PEP) Marvyn Howard are also vying for the hotly contested seat.

Speaking with reporters before casting his ballot at the Marabella Community Centre on Monday morning, an optimistic Dookie said he expects to win the marginal seat.

"I am very confident. We will go through the day operationalising what we have planned. Given our election day machinery, I am confident that I will be victorious for the People's National Movement."

 

Meanwhile, there was a steady flow of voters at the Marabella Community Centre as of 6 am on Monday.

Dozens of people were already in the line before the voting process commenced.

Voters were observed wearing masks and practicing social distancing guidelines.

Commenting on the long lines, Dookie said it is an encouraging sign. "It's showing that people are very much committed exercising their civic duty and their democratic right. It is a very encouraging sign."

He added: "It's newness. It's a change and I expect that people, as we are accustomed to, will adapt accordingly, and at the end of the day, I am very confident that everything will turn out quite nice."

According to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), Lee claimed victory with 54.06 percent of the votes in the 2015 election, while the PNM's candidate Neil Mohammed received 45.67 percent of the votes.

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