Recounts of four out of five constituencies are complete.
Only St Joseph is outstanding, Bobbi Rogers, corporate communications manager at the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), said yesterday.
In a statement to CCN TV6, she said recounts had been completed in the constituencies of San Fernando West, La Horquetta/Talparo, Tunapuna and Toco/Sangre Grande. The People’s National Movement remained victorious in the four constituencies after the recounts, she said.
She said the recount, which was requested by the United National Congress, is still on-going in St Joseph with 34 out of 54 ballot boxes completed.
Defeated UNC St Joseph candidate Ahloy Hunt yesterday said the EBC was the one slowing down the recount process because of its refusal to let the party examine four key items.
He listed them as the polling station diary, the ballot stubs, the white or blank polling cards and a sample of the presiding officer’s initials.
He claimed in one polling division in St Joseph 289 blank polling cards were issued.
“When we asked to see the polling station diary we were refused. This is important because there is no record of name and time and it is very easy for vote padding and voter impersonation to take place by representatives or agents of the EBC because they are the ones with the responsibility to carry out the function of ensuring that the process of recording all white poll cards issued.”
Hunt added on election day it would have been virtually impossible to issue 289 poll cards as the process in issuing each card takes between three and five minutes.
“Unless the process was subverted and they didn’t go through checks and balances,” he said, adding that this may be a matter of fraud.
Asked why these issues were not raised on election day, Hunt explained, “Our agents who were there could not check that. On election day an agent sits behind a desk and hear a name and number called out and they cross out in their list and make a count on their tally sheet.
“The EBC is an independent body that should ensure that the tenets of democracy is upheld in society to protect the integrity of the elections,” he said.
Contacted last night, St Joseph winning candidate Terrence Deyalsingh said: “I have never commented, I am not going to comment and I put my faith in the EBC.”