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.