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Trinidad Express / port of spain   POLITICAL analyst Mau­kesh Basdeo said yesterday there is need for introspection by both the UNC and the PNM. Basdeo told the Express he was surprised at the low voter turnout and noted in 2013, the country had recorded its highest turnout at the local government polls. He said the country had returned to the days prior to the Regional Corporation Act of 1990 where the voter turnout was around 20 per cent. Basdeo said there were a number of factors that could have led to this as he pointed to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s linking of the poor performance at the polls to the financial state of the economy. Voters not encouraged There are other factors involved, he added. “Both political parties will have to take a serious introspection as to what has happened.” He said based on the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) figures, it may very well be that both the Uni­ted National Congress (UNC) and People’s National Movement (PNM) got something between ten and 16 per cent voter turnout compared to their previous performances. “It will signal that the voters did not come out for a number of reasons. It could have been that they were not encou­raged by the campaigning because there is a total disenchantment with the politics as a whole that can account for this low voter turnout,” he said.

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