Thursday 24 September, 2020

EBC confirms reports of voter interrogation near polling stations

Chief Elections Officer, Fern Narcis-Scope

Chief Elections Officer, Fern Narcis-Scope

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) said it was informed that people dressed in black gathered outside certain polling stations in South Trinidad questioning electors about who they voted for.

Speaking with Loop News on Monday evening, Chief Elections Officer Fern Narcis-Scope said a report was made to police.

She said: "In respect of the persons who sought to determine how persons have voted, we were made aware of that issue. We communicated that with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and I understand the police did dispatch officers and that was dealt with."

The Chief Election Officer also responded to reports of issues encountered by voters at the Gulf View Community Centre.

Jayanti Lutchmedial, an attorney for United National Congress party candidate Sean Sobers, had told reporters that only one door was used for the three polling stations at the community centre.

She claimed this caused a bottleneck, with lines extending beyond the limits of the polling station.

Narcis-Scope said: "In relation to the Gulf View Community Centre, we were made aware during the course of the day on several occasions that the line was long. We were in constant communication with the returning officer there for him to see what could be done to assist."

Meanwhile, the chief election officer added that the process was relatively smooth despite the few hiccups.

She also said the EBC anticipated long lines due to the physical distancing requirements.

"It was a relatively smooth day. We did expect that the lines would be long because of the physical distancing and that the average voter will take a little longer in terms of time in the station because of having to sanitise," she said.

Furthermore, she thanked the electorate for abiding by the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

"I want to take the opportunity to thank the electorate for complying with our stipulations and protocols today. We are very grateful for the assistance we could have gotten from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service today, as well as the partnership we would have had with all the political parties who would have encouraged their supporters to comply with our regulations today," she added.

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