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Reviewing election facts

Again, the calls are out for the EBC Commissioner to resign. Let us objectively look at the facts: The EBC has stated, by their own admission, that the electoral list will never be more than 95-98 percent accurate.

Indeed for many elections, it has been less accurate. The reason for this is simply that compulsory registration does not exist, rather it is the individual's responsibility to ensure that his/her information is correct. Trinidadians do not take this responsibility seriously. Until the law is changed, the list will never be accurate.

In the 2001 election, a lot of noise was made by people who could not vote. How many of these people checked their registration status? How many were disenfranchised by EBC error? My guess is that the number disenfranchised by EBC error would be significantly less than 1 percent of the names of the list, well within what have been the normal margins of error in previous elections.

The current Commissioners have run every election since 1986/1991, what were they doing before, that they have not done now? Personally, if I were a Commissioner, I would resign. Not because I have failed in my duty, but mainly because I am being used as a convenient scapegoat for the failings of others. The sad thing is that men of integrity no longer go into politics in Trinidad and Tobago. Now they will no longer serve on what are supposed to be impartial institutions.

I sincerely hope that if the current Commissioners go, that the same misguided people who are asking for them to go, will open their eyes, look at the broader picture, and then ask for the political leaders of both major parties to also resign. For surely, there is no great front of integrity, brains or efficiency to be found there.

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