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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar after her cast her vote at the Hermitage Presbyterian school on Monday.

Sascha Wilson

COVID-19 regulations will not deter the United National Congress (UNC) from ushering in the election results with their supporters later this evening.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she did not think that they should instruct people not to gather.

She was speaking with reporters after casting her vote at the Hermitage Presbyterian Primary School in La Romaine.

Asked how the UNC intends to wait for the results this evening in light of the COVID-19 protocols, she said, “We will see tonight.” Told that there would be no celebrations at the Balisier House, Persad-Bissessar said she would not be stopping her supporters from assembling at their camp.

“I don’t think we should instruct people not to gather. You know I was very offended by the Prime Minister’s statements yesterday when he quoted scriptures and he said, the Lord said to bring two of three, he says he is bringing five…”

Responding to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi that they will be challenging the candidacy of UNC’s Barry Padarath, she said, “Bring it on. We have a lot of court clothes.”

Based on the feedback thus far, she said voting has been slow in some polling stations while there were long lines at other stations. However, she said they have received no reports of discrepancies or issues.

She was also satisfied with the voter turn-out thus far. From the reports she has been receiving from her election machinery on the ground, she said, “It looks good.”

Although it is unfortunate that there are no international election observers, she called on citizens to be the national observers.

“So I think it is working well so far,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar was accompanied by her husband Gregory Bissessar.