Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar has said the battle for the control of the Tobago House of Assembly has been fiercely contested over the months leading to today's elections. Persad-Bissessar spoke with the Express just before the start of the TOP's island wide motorcade yesterday, at Tobago Organisation of the People's (TOP) headquarters, Scarborough, Tobago. She said the occasion was a historic one in the history of Tobago.
"My last words would be that all parties, all persons do what is their democratic right to cast their vote. To do so peacefully avoid any confrontation and then we leave it after 6 p.m. in the hands of the Lord," Persad- Bissessar said.
She said the poll conducted by the Sociology Division of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine done in Tobago, from December 12-15, 2012, was not a true representation of what is happening today. The poll predicts the PNM will win 7 seats, the TOP 2 and 3 seats are difficult to call.
"It is unfortunate you know a poll would be carried on the front page of a newspaper, on the eve of an election. When the data within the poll is outdated, it is not solid data. So much has occurred since December to now," Persad- Bissessar said.
She said the campaign has been both energising and tiring.
"Because of the response and the feedback from the ground it has been electrifying and in that way inspiring to me. My energy levels are very high up at this point in time at the top in fact."
She is calling on persons from all sides of the political divide to come out and vote.
"So to all supporters from whichever side, make sure you have a say in the future of Tobago by going out and casting your vote. If it were me I would cast my vote for the TOP."
Both the TOP and PNM held final lap motorcades across Tobago, and while acts of violence were reported. Police officials were also out in their numbers to restore law and order.