Monday, December 18, 2017

Guess how many voted in the COP election

Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan shows her ink stained finger after casting her ballot in the the Congress of the People political leader election at Tunapuna Hindu School yesterday. Seepersad-Bachan was declared the winner last night. Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has been declared the new political leader of the Congress of the People (COP).

The official results were released by the party on Monday.

Leadership contender Sharon Gopaul-McNicols conceded the election, allowing Seepersad-Bachan to take the rein.

A total of 589 votes were cast.

Seepersad-Bachan received 416 while Gopaul-McNicols got 168.

There were two spoilt ballots and three rejected ballots.

The internal election was held on Sunday where there were 14 voting areas.

This was the first time the voter turn-out was at an all-time low.

Speaking during her victory speech after the elections, Seepersad-Bachan said admitted there was a low voter turn-out and there being “disenchantment with the COP” but also there was a disenchantment in politics in general.

She said there were challenges faced leading up to the elections and “through standing together we were able to overcome those challenges” and that the party ran a “clean” campaign.

Seepersad-Bachan thanked contender Gopaul-McNicols and called for her and her team to join her in unity for the party.

She said the COP was is ready to rebuild the party, and believes that the COP is the right party to bring about change in politics.

Seepersad-Bachan  admitted that coverage was lacked given the constraints in financial resources, and this would have had problems as many voters were unable to cast votes.

She said there were no voting stations in the South East, and as result would have discouraged members as the distance was an issue for them.

She gave the assurance that in order to reduce the cost of polling elections, that online voting was the right was forward.

“Let this be the spiritual rebirth of the COP…let us start planning for the future of our party,” said Seepersad-Bachan.