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Voter turn–out lower


Alan Markoff

Thursday 12th May, 2005   Posted: 05:08 CIT   (10:08 GMT)

The 79.19 per cent of eligible voters who turned out to vote Wednesday was lower than in recent years.

For the first time in 25 years, less than 80 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in the general election.

The 2005 figure compares to the 82.75 per cent voter turn–out in 2000, 84.91 per cent in 1996 and 87.58 per cent in 1992.

People’s Democratic Alliance George Town candidate Herro “Steve” Blair said he thought the lower voter turn–out could have been for a couple of different reasons.

“I think there are a lot of disillusioned people,” he said. “And I think there are a lot of absent people after the hurricane, perhaps.”

United Democratic Party candidate Frank McField said he expected a lower turn–out.

“We knew it was going to be lower,” he said. “People just weren’t ready for this election after the hurricane. They’re still in psychological shock.”

People’s Progressive Movement candidate Alden McLaughlin said he was somewhat surprised at the overall turnout, but that the PPM was hoping for a 75 per cent turnout in George Town, only .8 per cent higher than the actual number.

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