The people of Chagunas West are voting today, July 29, in a byelection that is really a contest between their former MP, Jack Warner and the candidate for the United National Congress, Khadijah Ameen.
The other candidates are Avinash Singh - People’s National Movement; Kirk Meighoo - Democratic National Assembly (DNA) and Oliver Norman - National Coalition for Transformation (NCT). Ishmael Samad of the Party for Integrity and Morality in Politics (PIMP), is also on the ballot but he has dropped out.
Warner has been the MP since 2007 when he first won the seat for the UNC. He was re-elected in 2010 with more than 18,000 votes but resigned in April days after he quit as a senior cabinet minister and chairman of the UNC.
He is contesting the seat as the candidate for his newly formed Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
Ameen was an elected councillor and chair of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation. It is the first time she is entering a race for a parliamentary seat.
The official list shows that 27,045 people are eligible to vote at 14 polling stations. The polls will close at 6 in the evening.
- Vishnu Boys’ Hindu College, Light Pole No 139, Southern Main Road, Caroni - Polling stations: 1596-1, 1596-2, 1791-1, 1791-2
- Munroe Road Government Primary School School Lane, Munroe Road,Cunupia - Polling stations: 2730-1, 2730-2, 2765-1, 2765-2, 2765-3
- Munroe Road Hindu School, Light Pole No 18, Ajodha Road, Bejucal, Cunupia - Polling stations: 2735-1, 2735-2, 2736-1, 2740-1
- Charlieville Presbyterian School, Caroni Savannah Road, Charlieville - Polling stations: 2741-1, 2755-1, 2755-2, 2755-3, 2760-1, 2761-1, 2762-1
- Caroni Presbyterian School, Knaggs Street, Frederick Settlement, Caroni - Polling stations: 2745-1, 2745-2
- Felicity (SDMS) Primary School, Cacandee Road - Polling stations: 2750-1, 2750-2, 2750-3, 2930-1, 2930-2, 2935-1, 2935-2
- Endeavour Hindu School, Rodney Road, Endeavour, Chaguanas - Polling stations: 2860-1
- Charlieville ASJA Primary School, ASJA Avenue, Caroni Savannah Road, St Charles Village - Polling stations: 2865-1, 2865-2, 2870-1
- ASJA Boys’ College ASJA Avenue, Caroni Savannah Road, St Charles Village - Polling stations: 2866-1, 2871-1
- Saraswati Girls’ Hindu College, New Settlement Road, Chaguanas - Polling stations: 2867-1
- Chaguanas RC School, Henderson Street, Chaguanas - Polling stations: 2875-1, 2875-2, 2875-3, 2915-1, 2915-2
- Chaguanas Government, Primary School 10th Avenue, Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas - Polling stations: 2880-1, 2880-2, 2885-1
- Presentation College, St Yves Street, Chaguanas - Polling stations: 2890-1, 2890-2
- Felicity Presbyterian School, Cacandee Road, Felicity - Polling stations: 2920-1, 2925-1, 2925-2, 2926-1, 2926-2