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EBC ready for bye-election

Tuesday, July 16 2013

THE Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has declared its readiness for the July 29 Chaguanas bye-election by stating there are 51 polling stations at 14 venues across the constituency and over 200 polling day staffers are in place.

“We are on track with our schedule of preparations for the polls,” Returning Officer for the Chaguanas West constituency Everil Ross told Newsday yesterday. Polling day staff, including presiding officers and polling clerks, Ross said, have been selected. They have undergone two- and-a -half days of training and will be given their letters of appointment next Wednesday, he said.

The venues at which the polling stations will be found are Vishnu Boys’ Hindu College, Munroe Road Government Primary, Munroe Road Hindu School, Charlieville Presbyterian School, Caroni Presbyterian School, Felicity (SDMS) Primary, Endeavour Hindu Primary, Charlieville ASJA Primary, ASJA Boys’ College, Saraswattie Girls’ College, Chaguanas RC School, Chaguanas Government Primary, Presentation College, and Felicity Presbyterian School.

Six parties will be competing for the Chaguanas West seat left vacant by former United National Congress (UNC) representative Jack Warner. Warner has since formed his own party the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and will be vying for the seat.

The UNC will be seeking to retain the seat through its candidate, Khadijah Ameen, a councillor in the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation.

Ameen, will come up against Warner; Kirk Meighoo, a developer of the Democratic National Assembly; Norman Oliver, a student of the National Coalition for Transformation; Ishmael Samad, a naturalist of the Party for Integrity and Morality in Politics (PIMP); and Avinash Singh of the People’s National Movement, a farmer.

The candidate’s symbols in keeping with their parties are for Ameen — the rising sun with the letters UNC emblazoned below; Meighoo — a frontal view of ascending steps enclosed in a circle; and Oliver — a hummingbird resting in two palms.

Samad’s symbol is a sledgehammer which is the tool he used in April 2010 when he attempted to carry out a citizen’s arrest in April 2010 on former Udecott executive chairman Calder Hart and damaged the gate to Hart’s family house. Singh’s symbol is the balisier (a heliconia), and Warner’s is a sugar cane stalk and an oil rig.

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