Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Watch: UNC Councillor claims he was told he can vote twice

UNC Councillor for Vega de Oropouche, Anil Juteram

UNC Councillor for Vega de Oropouche, Anil Juteram

The United National Congress' (UNC) Councillor for Vega de Oropouche, Anil Juteram is raising questions about information coming from the Election and Boundaries Commission. Juteram says after he cast his vote at the Sangre Grande Civic Centre, a presiding officer asked whether he'd be voting twice.


Juteram, who is also vying for the post of Chairman in the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation recounted the conversation. "She said as a businessman, you are entitled to vote twice," he said. "She said there's a document you can collect at the EBC and if your business is in the electoral district of Sangre Grande North West, but you reside in Sangre Grande North East, you can vote in Sangre Grande North West. That is really, really news to me," he continued.

Juteram says his campaign team knew nothing of this rule and would be seeking further clarification on the officer's claims.

Under the Representation of the People Act, voting as an elector more than once in the same electoral district or in more than one electoral district is defined as an offence under Section 94: Illegal Voting.

No mention is made of exceptions to this for business owners.    

Loop News has reached out to the EBC for comment. 

The Sangre Grande Regional Corporation is a hotbed for this local government election as both the UNC and the People's National Movement (PNM) hold four seats each in the district.

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