Long lines of voters were seen from early morning at the Montgomery Government Primary School. (Image: AKASH SAMAROO)
SHARLENE RAMPERSAD

Some early morning rainfall in Tobago did not deter Tobagonians who turned up in their numbers to cast their votes for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election.

At polling stations across the island, voters got in line from as early as 5.30am waiting for polling stations to open.

At the Montgomery Government Primary school in the Bethel/New Grange district, more than 60 people were in line before 6am.

IDA political leader, Dr Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus, spoke with the media at the Montgomery Govt Primary School. (Image: KHAMAL GEORGES)

Political leader of the Innovative Democratic Alliance (IDA) Dr Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus arrived to vote shortly before 8am. However, she said there was a mix-up in which polling station she was supposed to vote at.

She is one of the three candidates hoping to represent Bethel/New Grange.

Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus said she had received no reports of any irregularities in the voting process for the day.

She said she was happy to see Tobagonians out in their numbers to vote.

“The turnout has been in large numbers so far, and I am heartened by the number of people who are taking the responsibility to participate in this democratic process,” Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus said.

She said COVID-19 health protocols were in place but due to the large number of people, social distancing was a bit difficult.

Pastor Terance Barnes, the PDP candidate for Bethel/New Grange, speaks with the media after casting his vote at Montgomery Govt Primary School. (Image: KHAMAL GEORGES)

Progressive Democratic Patriots candidate, Pastor Terance Baynes said he was able to vote without incident.

Haynes said he was yet to get updates from other parts of the island about any issues.

At the St Michael’s Anglican Primary School in the Darryl Spring/Whim district, a small handful of voters arrived at 5.45 am.

After sanitising and having their temperatures taken, they joined the line to cast their ballot.

Kelvon Morris, PNM candidate for Darrel Spring/Whim, one of the new districts created to break the deadlock, speaks with the media after casting his vote. (Image: KHAMAL GEORGES)

PNM candidate for the area, Kelvon Morris said he arrived shortly after 6am.

“The process was pretty slow, it took us quite a while to get the voting done, I would have been there since 6.05,” Morris said.

He said he wanted to encourage all Tobagonians to go out and exercise their right to vote.

Morris said he would be ensuring his Election Day machinery was running smoothly. He plans to spend the rest of the day with his family, waiting for results to be announced.