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PNM, UNC request recounts

Trinidad Express / BOTH the Peoples National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC) have requested recounts from Monday’s local government election.

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) said  a request for recounts of the Hindustan/St. Mary’s, Siparia West/Fyzabad, Lengua/Indian Walk and Caura/Paradise/Tacarigua electoral districts requested.

Deadline for submission for a request for a recount ended at 12 noon on Tuesday.

The official time for the recount to begin was at 3 p.m from the office of the returning officer of the district.

The PNM requested the recount for Hindustan/St.Mary’s that falls under the Princes Town Regional Corporation.

The UNC won nine of the ten electoral districts that fall under the Princes Town Regional Corporation.  In the last local government election, the UNC won eight and the PNM two. The PNM seat that was won by the UNC this time around was Hindustan/ St.Mary’s won by UNC candidate, Michelle Benjamin.   The PNM’s candidate was Rheal Thomas. The PNM retained the Lengua/Indian Walk District. 

Member of Parliament for Princes Town Barry Padarath told the Express the results would not change. He told the Express: “It is a marginal seat previously won by the PNM. Michelle won by 273 votes. It falls in Moruga/Tableland. PNM today has asked for a recount. We are confident the results will remain the same. She got 2244, the PNM got 1965.”

Benjamin told the Express she was informed of the requested recount shortly after 1 p.m.  At around 3 p.m. she was at the office of the returning officer for the electoral district of New Grant/Tableland and Hindustan/St.Mary’s  awaiting to be called in for the ballots to be recounted. The office is located near the Tableland Police Station.

The 32-year-old first time candidate  said : “ Even if the ballots are recounted, it would not make a difference at this time because we won by 273.”

Member  of Parliament for Moruga Dr Lovell Francis has expressed his disappointment that  several members of the electorate in his constituency choose to vote for the UNC.

The PNM MP stated on social media that despite the several efforts to assist constituents, they still choose another party.

Francis is now vowing to work more hard in his constituency.

Francis in listing his achievements as MP so far stated on Facebook: “Last night I was disappointed by the results in Moruga and other areas and some of the views expressed about my tenure most, if not all of which are based on faulty information. But today is a new day and I am more determined than ever to work towards bettering the entirety of this constituency. Doubting me or my abilities have never been safe bets.”

– reporting by Sandhya Santoo.

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