13,444 electors eligible to vote today in Barataria, Belmont East by-election

The largest number of electors registered to vote in today’s by-election is at the Don Miguel Hindu Primary School.

Confirmation came from corporate communications manager at the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC) Dominic Hinds, as he gave a breakdown of the number of citizens listed to vote for the electoral districts of Barataria and Belmont East today.

Hinds said the EBC has put all measures in place for 13,444 electors who are registered to vote in both electoral districts. Voting hours are from 6 am to 6 pm.

Six candidates will be contesting the polls.

Senator Allyson West to act in Marlene's absence

Prime minister Dr Keith Rowley has advised the president, her excellency Paula Mae-Weekes that minister of public administration, Marlene McDonald is unable to perform her duties by reason of illness.

The prime minister has asked the president to appoint Senator Allyson West to act as the minister of public administration with effect from Thursday, July 12, and continuing during the illness of minister McDonald.

Minister West will perform these duties in addition to her role as minister in the ministry of finance.

Rambachan threatens legal action against malicious rumours

Tabaquite MP Dr Surujrattan Rambachan is distancing his family from rumours surrounding the alleged rape of a 4-year-old girl.

According to a daily newspaper, the 33-year-old son of a former government minister is being investigated for the act.

 But sometime today, a post began circulating on social media, alleging that Dr Rambachan’s relative was the one being questioned.

In a statement today, dr. Rambachan made it clear that the post bears no truth and does not relate to him or his family.