There was “slow” but “steady” voting by thousands of members of the Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement (PNM) yesterday, to elect the political leader and other executive officers of the Council.
Party members took to the voting booths from 6 am to choose from incumbent Kelvin Charles and contenders Joel Jack, Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus and Tracy Davidson-Celestine.
Polls closed at 6 pm but up until press time Sunday the results were not yet in.
The count took place at the party’s Robinson Street, Scarborough headquarters after polling stations closed at 6 pm.
The campaign for all 17 executive positions was a hotly contested one.
Charles fielded 17 other candidates, Davidson-Celestine fielded 16, Jack had a very limited slate, and Tsoiafatt-Angus had none.
Voting in the 13 polling stations across Tobago got off to a smooth start, according to the council’s Chairman of the Election Supervisory Committee Alvin Pascal.
He said there were minor hiccups as persons complained that their names were not on the list or they did not walk with their identification cards.
“Whatever issues we had we dealt with as best as we could,” he told Guardian Media.
Meanwhile, all the candidates vying for the political leader position voted before lunch.
Charles voted at the Bethesda Multipurpose Facility, Tsoiafatt-Angus at the Signal Hill Community Centre, Jack at the John Dial Multipurpose Facility and Davidson-Celestine at the Argyle Community Centre.
Davidson-Celestine said voting at the centre was “smooth.”
“People are turning up to vote and the process is a little slow because voters have to choose 17 positions in the council. Approximately 10,000 persons were registered to vote in her area,” she told reporters.
She said she trusted the voting process and “hoped persons who voted were properly recorded in their voting area to bring about a level of transparency.”
Almost 20 persons who supported her were not on the voters’ list in Argyle, she told members of the media.
Guardian Media understands a similar situation existed in Speyside.
Meanwhile, Jack, said he was confident of victory.
“The members of the PNM island council will reflect the change that is necessary,” he said.
“I reflect who people want,” he added.
Tsoiafatt-Angus also expressed confidence that she too will emerge as the party’s political leader.