A 58-year-old Hermitage man was brought to tears yesterday as he questioned why his name was not on the Elections and Boundaries voters’ list at a polling station where he claimed he had voted all his life.
Kelvin Jaikaran, of 127, Dumfries Road, was deemed ineligible to vote at the Hermitage Presbyterian Primary School —the same polling station where Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar cast her vote.
Jaikaran said he wondered why after 30 years of casting his ballot in the same location he was turned away at the polls.
“I feel bad. I voted all my life here. I want to make a vote,” he cried.
Jaikaran said he and his siblings even attended that primary school. “I passed Common Entrance right here with 72 other children. How come they do me that?” he asked.
In an almost immediate response, Member of Parliament for Oropouche West Stacy Roopnarine, who turned up at the school after Jaikaran left the premises, advised people whose names were not on the list to check with the returning officer in the area.
Jaikaran was able to cast his ballot at another polling station later in the day.
Roopnarine advised people who did not have their poll cards to still go to the polling station with their identification cards and vote, if their names were on the list.