Crime free election day
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Tuesday, October 22 2013
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SALUTE: National Security Minister Gary Griffith chose a salute as his way of showing off his stained right index finger after he voted in the Local G...
ACTING Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday said apart from the arrest of a political activist near a polling station, yesterday’s Local Government Election was crime free and incident free.
He said police officers were out in their droves throughout the country especially at all polling stations to ensure law and order was maintained and the integrity of the voting process was not compromised.
Williams noted that “by and large” citizens displayed good behaviour at polling stations and observed the law. For his part, National Security Minister Gary Griffith said he was pleased with the efforts and response of the police.
He gave an example of Western Division Police receiving a report of a man brandishing a firearm and threatening voters at a polling station along Sea View Drive in Bagatelle. Griffith said a party of officers responded within minutes and later determined there was no validity to the report.
Griffith noted while he was thankful that the gunplay report was false, he commended the swift response of the officers who were led under the supervision of Senior Superintendent Ishmael David, saying this demonstrated the police were working assiduously and are committed to law and order.
Snr Supt David told Newsday that his information was that someone had pranked called the polling station and the police station with the information of a man brandishing a gun.
Despite this, he said the police will be looking into the incident to see if anyone could be held responsible and charged appropriately for committing the offence of wasteful employment of the police’s time.
Newsday also learnt in central Trinidad, two groceries were ordered closed after it was discovered that alcohol was on sale, contrary to election day rules.
Griffith who voted yesterday at the Maraval Community Centre together with his wife, Nicole Dyer-Griffith — the Congress of the People (COP) deputy chairman — told reporters Acting Commissioner of Police Williams, Defence Force officials and officials from the National Security Operations Centre spent the weekend implementing mechanisms for security during election day.
“So I think everything should move smoothly today,” Griffith said yesterday. At Patna/River Estate Government Primary School Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne said he saw what for him was the largest number of police officers at an election.