SOCIAL activist Ishmael Samad was arrested yesterday morning during a one-man protest, minutes after casting his vote at a polling station in St Clair, Port of Spain.
Samad, after casting his ballot around 10.30 a.m., took to the pavement outside the polling station with placard in hand “and started chanting”, said police.
Officers said Samad was urging voters to not support Jack Warner and his political party, the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), during yesterday’s local government elections.
He was arrested by officers led by Snr Supt Pustam, ASP Ajith Persad and Insp Powder.
Samad was later charged by PC McKain of St Clair Police Station and remained in custody at the station up to yesterday evening.
Officers said Samad was charged with dissuading persons from casting their ballot for a particular political party.
The charge falls under the Representation of the People Act.
He is to appear before a Port of Spain magistrate this morning, said police.