Thursday 24 September, 2020

'Kamla wants recounts in six seats', Colm doubts anything will change

The PNM's Colm Imbert (left) and the UNC's Kamla Persad Bissessar.

The PNM's Colm Imbert (left) and the UNC's Kamla Persad Bissessar.

Only three marginal seats have so far been identified by the United National Congress (UNC) for recounts, but the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) MP-elect for Diego Martin North/East, Colm Imbert says the UNC has requested recounts in six seats.

Without clarifying his knowledge on the figure, Imbert took to social media to declare that the request may prove to be futile. 

“The opposition has requested recounts in the 6 marginal seats they lost. Our margin of victory in these seats varies from 800 to 3,000. Historically, a recount changes the vote count by about 5 votes. It is thus statistically impossible for the results in these seats to change,” he wrote. 

So far, reports indicate that the UNC wants a recount in St Joseph where it lost by 662 votes, La Horquetta/Talparo where it lost by 495 votes, and San Fernando West where it lost by 1,329 votes.

Other marginal seats that could have the opposition’s attention for recounts include Toco/Sangre Grande where it lost by 3,082 votes, Point Fortin where it lost by 2,005 votes and Tunapuna where it lost by 2,083 votes. 

The PNM’s lone action remains that it will be contesting the validity of the nomination of UNC MP-elect for Princes Town, Barry Padarath after there was a mix-up caused by his need to quarantine after arriving in T&T from the United States. 

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to address the matter of recounts and the election results in a press conference later today. 

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