Story by MARK BASSANT
There was a steady trickle of voters in polling stations across the Port of South and Port of Spain North/ St Ann’s constituency when the polls opened at 6 am.
At the Boissiere RC School in Maraval that falls under the Port of Spain North/ St Ann’s consituency there was a noticeable line shortly before 7 am.
Most voters heeded the rules of social distancing but was content that everything went well once inside to cast their ballot.
“It was easy and seamless. Everyone sanitised and it was clean,” said Charielle Plowden minutes after she voted.
“There was nothing to worry about,” chimed in her sister Cellann who said this was only their second time exercising their civic duty.
The sisters did say due to the extra measures being observed due to COVID-19 it took them close to 30 minutes to vote.
At Queen’s Royal College another polling station that falls under this constituency the lines swelled quickly just after 7 am as voters washed their hands and social distanced.
At SEPOS Secondary School which falls under Port of Spaim South several elderly voters trickled into the polling station, some under the watchful eye of heavily armed police officers.
Robert Fulham, 77, left the school just after 7:40 am, ambling out slowly, somewhat bent over. He said a car accident five years left him in that condition, but did not deter him from voting.
“I still voting. Thank God for that,” he said. Fulham said the entire process took him about five to ten mins.
At New Town Boys’ RC School there was also a steady trickle of voters entering in and out the compound.
One of those voters were Father Mark Georges who said everything went well.
” It went smooth, so far we having a peaceful election day so far and I hope it stays that way by the grace of God,” said Georges as he hurried off.
There are four candidates vying for the Port of Spain South seat. They are Keith Scotland of the PNM, Curtis Orr of the UNC, Gail Castanada of PEP and Fuad Abu Bakr of the NNV party.
In Port of Spain North/ St Ann’s West, PNM’s Stuart Young faces a challenge from UNC”s Darren Garner, PEP’s Ruby Lima Mc Leod and Kenneth Monroe Brown of UPP.