July 14th, 2020
CoP Meets with Chief Elections Officer
Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, intends to have a strong and visible presence of police officers across Trinidad and Tobago, to deter incidents of intimidation, voter suppression, bribery, or illegal canvassing on General Elections Day.
He gave this assurance to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), Chief Election Officer, Fern Narcis-Scope and Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Lena Sahadeo, when they met today, Tuesday 14th July, 2020, at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain. Also in attendance at the meeting was Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jayson Forde.
The meeting provided the opportunity for the EBC officials to speak with Commissioner Griffith about the role and responsibilities of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in ensuring that the General Elections are free and fair for all citizens. Among the responsibilities for officers, will be providing security for EBC offices and sites and escorting election paraphernalia to be used by elections officials on Monday 10th August, 2020.
The EBC officials also requested that the police assist elections officials in ensuring citizens adhere to a request for masks to be worn and proper hygiene practiced upon entering a polling station.
Commissioner Griffith said he will be overseeing the Elections Day operations from the Commissioner’s Command Centre and there will be an open line of communication between him and EBC officials at all times in the event of some untoward incident. He also said Emergency Response Patrol vehicles equipped with dashboard cameras will be deployed to large polling stations and provide the Command Centre with real-time video footage of the activities at these locations.
The two parties are expected to meet again in the coming weeks, as they continue their close collaboration to ensure the General Elections run smoothly.
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Corporate Communications Unit
July 14th, 2020