Friday 15 November, 2019

UNC: 1600 'anomalies' in marginal constituencies

File photo.

File photo.

The United National Congress (UNC) is calling on the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to investigate just over 1600 inconsistencies within four constituencies ahead of the December 2 local government elections.

The party called on the EBC to act in a transparent, unbiased and fair manner, and respond to the Party’s concerns over discrepancies found within four marginal parliamentary constituencies: St. Joseph, Tunapuna, Moruga/Tableland and La Horquetta/Talparo.

The UNC said it uncovered the inconsistencies during a house to house examination of the list of registered voters in each constituency.  

On completion of the exercise, the party noted 1,684 inconsistencies and anomalies within the four constituencies. 

Persons appearing on the list of registered voters were determined as not residing at the given voter address and/or having no historical links to the area.

The party further noted that it submitted comprehensive reports for each of the constituencies highlighting the discrepancies to the EBC on October 4.

The UNC said it is yet to receive any correspondence from the Commission. As such, the party has requested a meeting with the EBC to address this and other issues.

“It is imperative that an investigation into these abnormalities is conducted forthwith in light of the Local Government Election carded for Monday 2nd December, 2019,” the UNC said.

“The EBC must tell the country what actions they have undertaken since receiving our correspondence as elections are just weeks away, or are they just sitting idly on the complaint. The EBC just like any other public body is open to public scrutiny and must address these discrepancies,” the UNC continued.

The party said the matter must be addressed urgently to ensure that the country’s democracy is not called into disrepute.

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