PORT OF SPAIN — A voter in the constituency of Chaguanas West was knocked down by a vehicle this morning.
Primnath Rampaul, 56, of Cacandee Road, suffered a broken leg, according the reports.
The incident occurred at around 8 a.m. near the Felecity Presbyterian Primary School.
That school is one of the polling stations listed by the Elections and Boundaries Commission in the constituency.
Rampaul was taken to the Chaguanas District Health Facility where he was treated and discharged. Investigations are continuing.
Meanwhile, the Elections and Boundaries Commission said it was expecting 27,045 voters to visit the 14 polling stations today for the by-election.
While the single seat is being contested by five groups, several political pundits say the battle is a one-on-one between the United National Congress, with candidate Khadijah Ameen, and the Independent Liberal Party, led by former UNC chairman and MP for the area Jack Warner.
Initially, six candidates had stepped forward to contest the seat, but just four days before today’s election, one candidate — Ishmael Samad of the Party for Integrity and Morality in Politics — dropped out.
The candidates of the People’s National Movement Avinash Singh; Democratic National Assembly, Kirk Meighoo; and the National Coalition for Transformation, Oliver Norman, make up the rest of the ballot.
This vote comes at the end of weeks of heavy campaigning in the Chaguanas West area. Felicity and Cacandee areas have been a hive of activity and the site of hectic campaigning since nomination day on July 8.
Today’s by-election was triggered by Warner’s resignation as Member of Parliament on April 26, which came on the heels of his resignation as minister of national security and chairman of the UNC on April 21 and 22, respectively.
Warner hit the campaign trail immediately, but the UNC caught up after nomination day, when it was announced that Ameen was selected and Warner was rejected. Since then, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and almost every Cabinet member have attended the UNC’s walkabouts in a show of support.
The countdown to election day was marked yesterday by Warner with a motorcade throughout the entire constituency, which ended at the very spot — Pierre Road Recreation Grounds — where the UNC had on Saturday night held its concert rally to end its campaign. The UNC flew in Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu to perform for the occasion.
The PNM’s candidate, Singh, led a motorcade on Saturday and gave away sweet potatoes from his farm to constituents. (Express)