Thursday 24 September, 2020

Police disperse UNC gathering in El Socorro

Officers of the North Eastern Division had cause to break up celebrations for United National Congress (UNC) San Juan/Barataria candidate Saddam Hosein on election night, in an effort to uphold COVID-19 regulations.

Loop News was told that a team of officers led by Snr Sup Roger Alexander, were conducting exercises along the El Socorro Main Road, El Socorro, when they observed a large number of persons gathered around Hosein’s constituency office at the entrance of the building and along the roadway.

Police said the group was not adhering to the guidelines under the Public Health Regulations Ordinance, they were in excess of ten persons, and were not standing at least six feet apart. Additionally, police said many were not wearing masks.

The officers stopped to intervene, and pleaded with the group to adhere to the regulations.

However, when the crowd failed to disperse, the police ordered the groups as such.

Hosein and his team even pleaded with the crowd to adhere to the regulations, to allow celebrations to continue.

Hosein won the San Juan/Barataria seat against PNM candidate Jason Williams. 

The PNM announced victory on Monday night with 22 seats to the UNC's 19, however, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar indicated that the party intends to ask for a recount of marginal areas. 

Police said they maintained a 'strong presence' throughout the night until the crowd dispersed to ensure compliance.

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