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Watson Duke, leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots shows his finger after voting at the Roxborough Anglican School, in the THA elections yesterday.

The People’s National Movement (PNM), Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), and independent candidate Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus said they were all happy with the smooth voting process in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections and were glad COVID-19 protocols were followed.

PNM Tobago Council political leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine, the party’s candidate for the Lambeau/Signal Hill, who voted at the Delaford RC School, said as far as she heard voting was smooth. She said the only irregularity she heard of was at the Lambeau polling station where a voter allegedly took a ballot away from the polling station.

The PDP’s Watson Duke said he had heard of only a few irregularities, as the names of four persons who voted in the 2017 elections were absent from the list.

“However, for the most part, the voting was smooth. I went in and out of my polling station in a very short time,” said Duke, who voted at the Roxborough Anglican school just after midday.

He said he planned to spend the rest of the day “bringing out the vote” as voter turnout “appeared to be slow.”

Duke said in the THA elections in 2017, more people had voted by noon.

“I intend to roll up my sleeve, take off my jacket, and made sure people come out and vote,” he said

At the other end of the island in Scarborough, former People’s National Movement (PNM) councillor Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus said she is “at peace” with her decision to be an independent candidate. She voted at the Harmons SDA School at 9 am. She was also pleased with the COVID-19 protocols in place at the polling station.

Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus said her first act when she woke up on the morning of the elections was to pray. She said she would spend the rest of the day visiting voters.

Vice president of the Crown Point Business Association expressed satisfaction that COVID-19 protocols were in place at polling stations.

“At this polling station, I was glad everything was in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Social distancing measures were also in place, and everything ran smoothly for me from start to finish. The Election and Boundaries Commission was ready for this.”

Other voters, Adam Hackette, Bernadette Maxine, Caroline Stewart, and Linsel Dove, left the polling station smiling, satisfied that the EBC did its part in preventing the spread of the pandemic.

Voting began at 6 am at 61 polling stations across Tobago and people began lining up as early as 5.30 am. According to the EBC, 51,062 persons were eligible to vote.