Friday 25 September, 2020

Kamla: Long lines discouraged some voters

Pictured: UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar holds up her stained index finger after casting her ballot at the Hermitage Presbyterian School. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.

Pictured: UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar holds up her stained index finger after casting her ballot at the Hermitage Presbyterian School. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.

With the polls set to close in just under two hours, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has expressed concern that voter turnout in today’s general election may be low.

Persad-Bissessar, who cast her ballot at the Hermitage Presbyterian School just after 1 pm, had no complaints about the electoral process.

She even said she was pleased with the voting numbers at her polling station, noting that there was a steady flow of voters exercising their franchise throughout the day.

In keeping with health protocols, voters are required to sanitise their hands and wear masks.

These measures understandably led to a minor increase in the time it took for electors to cast their ballots.

Most electors who spoke with Loop News reported no hiccups or lengthy process involved with the additional COVID-19 precautions in place.

But, speaking with reporters shortly after voting, the Opposition leader said in other polling divisions long lines turned several electors away and this may have affected the voter turnout in some instances.

“In some stations they are saying it is very slow… the feedback I am getting (though) is that in some stations the turnout is very high but some people are turning back because of long lines.

I just urge everyone – do your civic duty, cast your vote…”

Persad-Bissessar noted that COVID-19 measures caused delays in the voting process in some polling stations but did not have the same effect at others.

The polls close at 6 pm.

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