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Trinidad Express / A “worryingly “ low voter turnout in parts of Central Trinidad marked today’s return to the polls. A number of polling station supervisors said around midday that they were surprised and puzzled when the stations were ready at six a.m. but the usual pre-work rush failed to materialise. Checks this afternoon returned similar reports of the day’s polling having so far gone very slowly. Though largely without incident, there were at least two incidents in Central that saw the involvement of police and a war of words between mock station employees for the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC). At the Charlieville Presbyterian Primary School, a mock station set up by the PNM was moved after it was found to be too close to the actual polling station. Also in Central, police visited the ASJA Primary School in Cunupia, after UNC election day volunteers complained that voters were being harassed by PNM activists. There were also complaints that the PNM was canvassing near the polling station. And after casting her vote today, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the media after that her party may seek legal action over changes made to voting at a polling station in California/Pt Lisas. In Sangre Grande, the National Solidarity Assembly (NSA) has promised to file a complaint against the UNC for alleged canvassing on polling day.

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