Thursday 24 September, 2020

Griffith: Radio stations played political ads on election day

Photo via Alina Doodnath.

Photo via Alina Doodnath.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said two radio stations were caught playing political advertisements early Monday morning, although this is prohibited by law.

Speaking to reporters outside the International School of Port of Spain in Westmoorings on Election Day (August 10), Griffith said that aside from this, election day was proceeding smoothly.

'We have one or two radio stations that were advertising political parties, they apologised,' he said.


In terms of security on Election Day, he said the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is based at the Operational Command Centre which is overseeing the process via men on the ground and through technology.

Griffith said there are over 100 police vehicles on the nation's roads today.

'We are using a lot of technology, similar to what we did for Carnival...we intend to operate in a similar manner here. We have Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles, over 100 vehicles strategically placed throughout the country.

'There are cameras on those vehicles feeding straight back to the Operations Command Centre,' he added.

He said the police are ensuring that the process is above board to minimise any possible problems. 

'So far, so good all of the polling stations were opened on time. We've seen in other countries where after the elections there are a lot of questions. If we do it right it will take away the questions, whether it's sour grapes or someone seeking an excuse to state that something went wrong,' the commissioner added.

He said, however, that the police will be monitoring for any celebratory gatherings which may violate the COVID-19 restrictions.

'Just over half the population will want to celebrate...we cannot allow that to happen especially in the bars and watering holes where people will want to celebrate...or try to drown their sorrows. I ask the public to be as responsible as possible,' he said.

Griffith said he met with political parties prior to their motorcades and said they understand their responsibilities.

'They've been briefed... they understand their role and function so I am hoping that they adhere to what they agreed to,' he said.

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