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Mr. Justice Frank Seepersad has today dismissed the election petition filed against the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) relating to the electoral district of Arima Northeast and has ordered the Petitioner to pay the costs of the EBC certified fit for Senior and Junior Counsel.
Mr. Justice Seepersad, in delivering his judgement found that the Petition filed by the United National Congress’ candidate for the electoral district of Arima Northeast, Jairzinho Domingo Gustav Rigsby was hopelessly flawed in that he failed to comply with mandatory provisions of the Representation of the People Act relating to election petitions.
September 18, 2023
At the end of the check of the final result of the poll in the electoral district of Arima Northeast, Kim Magdalene Garcia, the People’s National Movement’s candidate, received two (2) additional votes. This result overturns the outcome of the recount, which was conducted during the period August 16th-17th, 2023 and saw the United National Congress’ candidate Jairzinho Domingo Gustav Rigsby being declared the winner.
Full details of the Press Release can be found hereunder:
August 24, 2023
Fern Narcis-Scope, the Chief Election Officer, acting in accordance with Election Rule 101(15) of the Representation of the People Act, Chap. 2:01, has certified to the Returning Officer for the Electoral District of Lengua/Indian walk that the second recount, which occurred between August 17th– 18th, 2023 has resulted in an equality of votes cast between the candidates obtaining the most votes. The Returning Officer for this electoral district has declared the election void, pursuant to this certification by the Chief Election Officer, making way for fresh elections.
This historic development, is as a result of the tie in the number of votes received by both the People’s National Movement’s and the United National Congress’ candidates in the Local Government Elections. The outcome remained unchanged after two recounts of the votes cast. Both candidates received 1428 votes each.
The full details of the Press Release can be found hereunder:
August 19, 2023
Today, the results of the recount in the electoral district of Maracas/Santa Margarita were declared and the outcome remained the same as on Election Day, with the PNM’s candidate Trudel Noreiga winning this electoral district.
The full contents of the Press Release can be found hereunder:
August 18, 2023
The tie in the electoral district of Arima Northeast is broken. The UNC’s candidate Jairzinho Domingo Gustav Rigsby won by one (1) vote.
At the close of the poll on Monday 14th August 2023, both the PNM and UNC candidates each received 623 votes. The PEP candidate received 81 votes.
The contents of the full Press Release can be found hereunder:
August 17, 2023
A second recount in the electoral district of Lengua/Indian Walk is scheduled to begin today, Thursday 17th August, 2023 at 3 pm. This recount will be conducted in accordance with Election Rule 101 (13) of the Representation of the People Act, Chap. 2:01.
The full Press Release containing the specifics of the Election Rule and the result of the recount for the electoral district of Marabella West can be found hereunder.
The United National Congress’ candidate for the electoral district of Bagatelle/Blue Basin, Nalini Goindoo called off her request into a recount of the votes cast in that electoral district in the Local Government Elections of Monday 14th August, 2023. The election in this electoral district was won by the PNM’s candidate, Alina Zennie Renn by a margin of 220 votes.
The recounts in the electoral districts of Arima West/O’Meara, Auzonville/Tunapuna, Blanchisseuse/Santa Rosa, Five Rivers, Sangre Grande Northeast and San Juan East are also completed.
The full Press Release containing the results of these recounts can be found hereunder
August 16, 2023
Three of the fourteen recounts are completed. Please see the reults in this Press Release, which you can find hereunder:
Whilst the proceedings relative to recounts in fourteen electoral districts is underway, these are the preliminary results of the Local Government Elections, of Monday 14th August, 2023.
With an electorate of 1,091,935 in 141 electoral districts in Trinidad, there was a voter turn-out of 30.34%. The total votes cast were 331,300 with 996 rejected ballots.
The full details can be found in this Press Release
August 15, 2023
The Elections and Boundaries Commission has received official requests for recounts in thirteen of the one hundred and forty-one electoral districts, which were contested in the Local Government Elections on Monday 14th August, 2023.
The undermentioned is a list of the electoral districts and political party of the candidate requesting the recount.
- Arima Northeast (UNC)
- Arima West/O’Meara (UNC)
- Auzonville/Tunapuna (UNC)
- Bagatelle/Blue Basin (UNC)
- Blanchisseuse/Santa Rosa (UNC)
- Cocoyea/Tarouba (UNC)
- Five Rivers (UNC)
- Lengua/Indian Walk (UNC)
- Marabella West (PNM)
- Marabella South/Vistabella (PNM)
- Maracas/Santa Margarita (UNC)
- Mayaro North (UNC)
- Sangre Grande Northeast (UNC)
- San Juan East (UNC)
All recounts will commence at 3:00 p.m. today, Tuesday 15th August, 2023 at the Office for the Returning Officer for the electoral district where the recount was requested. The date, time and venue was established in the Notices of Election, which were required to be published in the press, the Gazette and are posted at the Offices of the Returning Officers in accordance with Election Rule 4 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 2:01