By mid-afternoon yesterday there was hardly any change in the voter turnout at the Port of Spain City Corporation where people trickled into the various polling stations. Some officials believed early morning showers may have daunted the efforts of voters who wanted to cast their votes early in the North which include polling stations in Belmont, St Ann’s, St James, Woodbrook, North, South and East Port of Spain.
Around 1 p.m., there was little or no activity at Eastern Girls’ Primary School on George Street, where an elderly woman strolled in to cast her vote.
Voting at Eastern Boys’ Primary located close by was also scant. Officials there did confirm the pace remained slow during the morning period.
At South East Port of Spain Secondary, three young boys walked out of the polling station, they were the only voters seen at the polling station at around 1.30 p.m.
By 3 p.m., St James Secondary polling station did pick up gradually but according to Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) officials, not by much. A handful of youths were seen waiting in the short line.
EBC officials said while voter turnout was low up until around midday, there was a heavy turnout of young people casting their votes. The EBC official blamed the low turnout on the inclement weather.
There was no activity at Woodbrook Secondary on French Street.
Officials there also blamed the low voter turnout on the rain.
According to one official at that polling station, “It has been slow but things should pick up by this evening. People tend to vote more in the afternoon so the pace should pick up eventually.”
There was a steady turnout at St Francois Girls’ College and also at Belmont Boys’ RC, where officials at these polling stations said while the morning period was slow; there was a steady flow of voters from around 3 p.m.
For Northern Port of Spain electoral district Rhondel Allen (COP) contested against councillor Keron Valentine (PNM) who is seeking another term in office.
Errol Ali (NJAC), Venude Rajcoomar (COP), Darryl Rajpaul (PNM) and Rudy Anthony Renrick (ILP) are contesting in Belmont East.
Ruthven Edwards (ILP), Farai Hove Masaisai (PNM) and Ralph Maximin (COP) have contested the Belmont North and West electoral district; Keno Romeo (PNM), Keston Prince (COP) and Trevor Alfonso(NJAC) contested St Ann’s River Central while Hillan Morean (PNM) and Brian Cooper (ILP) contested St Ann’s River North.
Jennel (PNM) Young and Crystal Camejo (COP) contested Belmont South.