UNC officials have rejected allegations they are obstructing the election recount, as they state they’re acting in a manner to preserve the integrity of the process.
There have been reports that an EBC official that the UNC obstructed the recount, in the Tunapuna constituency.
The party has requested recounts in five marginal areas, also including San Fernando West, La Horquetta/Talparo, St. Joseph and Toco/Sangre Grande.
Defeated candidate for San Fernando West Sean Sobers, speaking at a UNC media conference in El Dorado on Saturday, says their action is necessary, as the recount process have shown there are irregularities.
He says the process will help the country in the long run, adding that nothing about the process is illegal or procrastinating in any form or fashion.
The UNC’s St. Joseph candidate Ahloy Hunt says there are too many irregularities taking place in the current recount in St. Joseph, “to indicate that things are not above board.” He then highlighted some of the key ones noticed by the UNC team.
Tunapuna candidate David Nakhid also outlined some of the discrepancies faced by the UNC team during the recount at the El Dorado Community Centre, following up on what he revealed to the media on Thursday.
Among the issues he indicated were the agreed hours of the day for the recount process, and counting continuing without UNC officials present. He says there were 25 ballot boxes counted in their absence.
Mr. Nakhid also rejected the notion that the UNC were obstructionists, stating that they will continue the process.
UNC’s candidate for La Horquetta/Talparo Jearlean John also stated there were irregularities in the recount process within that constituency.