Shavis Trimmingham has accused an opposition lawmaker of causing him to register in the wrong constituency.

A Murray’s Village man who went on radio and accused an opposition MP of encouraging him to register in the wrong constituency in 2010 has erroneously said that Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace accused him of illegal voter transfer.

The man, Shavis Trimmingham, levelled the allegations in a call to the ruling Unity Labour Party’s (ULP) radio station on Wednesday.

He said he had heard that Eustace, president of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), had called his name among persons who had transferred “under doubtful circumstances” into East Kingstown the last four years.

However, Trimmingham’s name was not among six that Eustace announced on the NDP’s radio programme on Monday.

Central Kingstown MP, St. Clair Leacock, also of the NDP, also commented on the same radio programme about alleged illegal voter transfer, but did not call the name of anyone suspected of doing so.

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace. (IWN file photo) Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace. (IWN file photo)

Leacock told I-Witness News that he did not comment on the issue on another radio station or programme on Monday, as a local newspaper is reporting.

Eustace said he will take legal action against the persons who had transferred “under doubtful circumstances” and has since written to Supervisor of Elections, Sylvia Findlay, about the development.

In the call to the ULP’s radio station, Trimmingham said he intends to support Luke Browne, the ULP’s candidate for East Kingstown in the upcoming elections, “because we have formed a close relationship and I do work for him, including driving”.

Eustace has been representing East Kingstown since 1998 and will seek another term as MP for the area in elections that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said will be called before year-end, ahead of the March 2016 constitutional deadline.

“I was shocked that Arnhim Eustace and St. Clair Leacock could go on radio and try to scare young people from voting –“ Trimmingham said.

He also accused Leacock, an NDP lawmaker and MP Central Kingstown, of “playing on my ignorance of the boundaries and got me to register in Central Kingstown to vote for him in the 2010 general election”.

There is some confusion about whether these houses in Murray's Village, sandwiched between a river and the road, are in Central or East Kingstown. (IWN photo)
There is some confusion about whether these houses in Murray’s Village, sandwiched between a river and the road, are in Central or East Kingstown. (IWN photo)

Leacock has maintained that Trimmingham and his household live in Central Kingstown.

Supervisor of Elections, Sylvia Findlay, who is out of office until next week, told I-Witness News on Thursday, that she will consult with other persons about the boundaries between East and Central Kingstown.

“I will need to have that thoroughly checked because there are some very thin lines of demarcation between some of the boundaries, especially along the border. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to determine what is one constituency and what is the other. I really wouldn’t want to say that I can speak with any degree of authority on that,” she said.

The Trimmingham’s house is sandwiched between a road and a river in Murray’s Village.

Some members of the clan say they live in East Kingstown but  others say they live in Central Kingstown.

Leacock says that the road is the boundary, meaning that Chavis lives in Central Kingstown.

But one of the Chavis’ neighbours and relatives, who live along the same trajectory, says that the river is the boundary, and that he lives in East Kingstown.

When I-Witness News contacted Trimmingham Thursday night about the development, he said, “I am in a meeting and I am not prepared to make a statement now.”

Asked when I-Witness News could contact him again on the development, Trimmingham hung up the phone.

4 replies on “Man wrongly says Eustace named him among ‘illegally’ transferred voters”

  1. Strange enough that Mr Eaustace did not mention his name but he can call in to radio program to make accusations.Which one of the power hungry,corruption king advise you to call in.Is it a regular thing for you to call and make contributions on national radio.If there is an issue as to where the boundary is why are you trying to make it look as if Mr Leacock was doing something illegal?

    1. Luther Bonadie says:

      Peter,

      What, are you trying to be a dictator here, saying how, when and where one can or should call your radio station, anyone can call any radio station at anytime if he or she choses too. its none of your business.
      You and never made any contribution to this land, so hush.
      You are just as corruption as that fool Peter Benoise, and others like him.
      People like you and your kind are the ones who keeps this country down.
      Darm asses.

  2. “I will need to have that thoroughly checked because there are some very thin lines of demarcation between some of the boundaries, especially along the border. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to determine what is one constituency and what is the other.”

    and

    Some members of the clan say they live in East Kingstown but others say they live in Central Kingstown.

    Well if they don’t know, why would you blame the candidate?

  3. Luther whoever you be Bonadie I already gave my assessment of you so whenever I leave any comment here it is not for you.You need to check in at a preschool near you.I look for constructive criticism from mature people from both sides of the political fence.Unfortunately you are not one of those persons.Use your internet connection and your device to do something else.Mr Kenton Chance needs to stop accepting your comments.Your comments has no substance.all you do is refer to people who you disagree with in all kinds of derogatory terms.I really see why you support Ralph Gonsalves because he too likes to call people all kinds of derogatory names.Your comments belong in the toilet bowl.

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