No police present at two polling stations
FOR several hours yesterday morning, there were no police officers posted at polling stations at two schools in Tabaquite.
The polling stations were located at Santa Rita Roman Catholic Primary School, on Tabaquite Road, San Pedro, and Torrib Trace Presbyterian Primary School, at Brothers Road, Brickfield Village.
The polling stations are located within the area controlled by the Couva/Talparo/Tabaquite Regional Corporation.
The Express learned that a senior officer was making checks at polling stations, only to discover that police officers were not at the two schools, one of which was the location for three polling stations.
The Express was told that Insp Fitzgerald George contacted Central Division Senior Supt Johnny Abraham, who contacted the Eastern Division of the Police Service.
It was only then that police officers were dispatched to the schools around midday.
An official of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) explained that the absence of police officers at two polling stations was more of a police issue than an EBC issue, since police officers are not required by law to be stationed at polling stations.
“Usually the request for police presence is made by the commission to assist the presiding officers to maintain law and order at the polling stations,” the official said.
A senior police officer said the presence of policemen and women adds to the validation of the election process, in case there is a query by any of the election candidates.