Heavy showers and occasional thunder did not prevent the people of Trinidad and Tobago from voting in today’s general election that opinions polls predict would be a close encounter between the incumbent coalition People’s Partnership (PP) and the People’s National Movement. (PNM).
A steady stream of voters has been casting their ballots at the more than 2,000 polling stations across the twin island republic.
There are over 1.09 million people eligible to vote in the election, which is being contested by 112 candiates vying for 41 seats in Parliament.
Leader of the People’s National Movement Dr. Keith Rowley was among the early voters at the International School in Westmoorings in his Diego Martin West constituency. He was confident of victory.
Meanwhile, EBC chairman Norbert Masson has criticized the three-month long campaign, saying the environment created “was the most brutish, acrimonious, rampageous and vitriolic that I have witnessed in all my years at the commission”.
Masson, who has been EBC chairman since 2005, in a statement advised voters not to be bamboozled by electioneering campaigns and go boldly and exercise their powerful and democratic right to vote.
“As our forefathers who won the franchise gaze down from their exalted abode; at least I hope that is where they are, I wonder how they would regard the current state of affairs which has developed from the priceless legacy they left us.”