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Election irregularities will be taken to court, says Kamla


Trinidad Express / OPPOSITION Leader and United National Congress (UNC) political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday she was watching closely the actions of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) in the local government elections.

And should there be any major concerns, the UNC would not hesitate to take the matters before the courts, she said.

Speaking to reporters after casting her vote at Hermitage Presbyterian School near San Fernando, Persad-Bissessar said she was concerned that polling stations were being moved yesterday.

She was accompanied by her husband Dr Gregory Bissessar, and candidate for Palmiste/Hermitage Roland Halls.

She said, “I am concerned about some of the other reports. In the seat of California/Point Lisas the polling station was moved this morning from the Esperanza Presbyterian School to the Dow Village Presbyterian School. That would mean a change in the election machinery put forward by candidate Ramchand Rajbal.”

Challenge in court

Persad-Bissessar said the UNC was informed on Saturday that polling stations in the electoral district of Felicity/Endeavour had been moved from the Montrose Vedic Primary School to Presentation College, Chaguanas.

She said the district was not held by the UNC and was seen as a “battleground seat”.

She said the party’s legal team would discuss the decision by the EBC.

“I will have to get more information as to what transpired and advice of the legal team. There may be circumstances that merited it, (but) it is procedurally wrong to come on the morning of election while voters were preparing to go the polls,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar said although there was a low voter turnout throughout the country she was confident that her party would be successful.

Persad-Bissessar said central government was mandated by the Constitution to provide adequate funding to all regional corporations.

She said, “So firstly the allocations have to be made to the various corporations whichever party is in control.

“There would be some challenges, should central government decide to release those allocations to corporations. The Constitution provides for the equality of treatment to everyone. If we have to challenge it in the court we will challenge it in the court.” See Page 16

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