...Slow but steady in East
THERE was a slow but steady stream of voters in East Trinidad yesterday morning as residents of Sangre Grande, Valencia and Cumuto braved heavy rains to cast their ballots.
From as early as 6 a.m., both young and elderly voters visited several schools which for one day became polling stations.
They all seemed eager to vote and while walking out busily wiping the excess ink off their stained fingers there were smiles all around.
At some polling stations there were lines while at others there were no lines at all.
At the polling stations with little activity, however, one merely had to stand there for more than five minutes and the scene would change as voters would arrive by taxi, some in their own cars while still others arrived on foot. There would then be a flurry of activity which would then be followed by a lull in voting.
Eastern Division Police reported there were no issues of violence yesterday and all bars in East Trinidad obeyed the orders of the Elections and Boundaries Commission and kept their doors tightly shut.
“This was my second time voting and there were no issues and everything was alright,” said Ronald Maraj who arrived at the Cumuto Presbyterian School with his wife and daughter.
Toco-Fishing Pond candidate for the People’s National Movement, Terry Rondon, said yesterday evening, “I feel alright. Everything went smooth and the people came out and they cast their votes despite the inclement weather, because you can see the confidence in them as they did their civic duty in a manner which touched me and so they gave me that confidence to continue to work with the people of Toco-Fishing Pond.”
Rondon added, “I am especially proud of the youths, especially the youths who came out and did their civic duty.”
Rondon has served as councillor for the area for 18 years.