FLASHBACK: Kamla Persad-Bissessar reflects in prayer during a UNC motorcade in the constituency of Pointe-a-Pierre. At centre is the candidate for the San Fernando West constituency Sean Sobers and Member of Parliament for Pointe-a-Pierre David Lee. 

The ongoing General Election recounts initiated by the United National Congress are not obstructing Governmental process.

This according to UNC candidate for San Fernando West candidate, Sean Sobers at a press conference held by the party on Saturday. He addressed the party’s decision to initiate the recounting of ballots cast in the San Fernando West, St Joseph, Tunapuna, La Horquetta/Talparo, and Toco/Sangre Grande constituencies.

Sobers told the media that the party was exercising its democratic right in requesting the recounts. He said that claims of obstructions and delays as a result of the process were misleading.

“This is a democratic right that we are exercising and the idea that we are obstructing processes is totally false. What we are doing is something that the law provides for us to do. It is an exercise to ensure that the integrity of the process is maintained. That is all that we are doing and through that exercise it is clear that certain irregularities are being found,” he said.

He said that the process was intended to highlight the irregularities that occurred during the elections. One such irregularity he said, were the snaking lines and long delays at the Gulf View Community Center in San Fernando. This issue, he said, was addressed to the returning officer and EBC officials on the day.

“For example, in San Fernando I can tell you that on election day we had some significant issues coming out of the Gulf View Community Centre. Lines were building up and people were talking almost three and a half hours to cast their ballot. Several correspondences would have been given to the returning officer and the EBC to treat with these issues,” said Sobers.

He added that since the recounts began, the President of Trinidad and Tobago and legal entities have indicated that the process is not curtailing Government functioning. Any issue being brought forward he said, was a result of the administration’s incompetence.

“Any conversation that is being had, that because of this recount normal government processes are being curtailed in some form or fashion is totally false. We have had the president of Trinidad and Tobago coming out to indicate that is not the case. We have had other legal luminaries coming out and saying that is not the case.”

“The incompetence of an administration to handle issues was present before august 10 and will continue thereafter. Let no one say that what we are doing is in some way, form or fashion irregular or illegal. The law provides for it and we have always stood on the side of the law and the side of law-abiding citizens in our country. This is something that will benefit the entire country by illuminating all these irregularities. Nothing about the process is illegal, nothing about the process is obstructive and nothing about the process is procrastinating in any form or fashion,” he said.


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Vertical Aviation had claimed the Government failed to satisfy its obligations under the lease by not paying rent and interest due for late rent payments, failed to replenish the security deposit after the aviation company applied the deposit funds to late rent payments, failed to enrol the aircraft in a tip-to-tail maintenance programme and did not maintain insurance for the aircraft.

Professor of molecular genetics and virology at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Christine Carrington says while there are yet no confirmed cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, it is only a matter of time before the highly transmissible variant is detected here.

Carrington was speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference hosted by the Ministry of Health.

A 41-year-old woman remained in police custody yesterday, being questioned in connection with the murder of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance chairman and Piarco Airport corruption accused John Smith, 74, on Friday afternoon.

Around 4.30 p.m. on Friday, offi­cers of the Maraval Police Station responded to a call that there was a domestic dispute at a residence in Haleland Park, Saddle Road, Mara­val.

For decades, Trinidad and Tobago has battled a raging gang problem.

Successive governments and law enforcement have fought to reduce criminal organisations which have engaged in well-executed mafia-style illegal operations, including drug and gun running, money laundering, prostitution, extortion, and crimes like murders, robberies and even what are regarded as white-collar ventures.

THE manager at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) who cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following a complaint against him has signed an affidavit saying he was repeatedly called upon to change his findings in the matter.

He also said he was denied several requests to interview the Min­ister of Public Utilities for a “witness statement in the matter”.

What happened in the canefield was a planned and frenzied assault, Justice Lisa Ramsumair-­Hinds said, in deli­vering guilty verdicts yesterday on Sean Luke murderers Akeel Mitchell and Richard Chatoo.

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