Concerns Raised Over Excelsior High School Being Used as Polling Station

Concerns Raised Over Excelsior High School Being Used as Polling Station

Former Area Representative for Port Loyola, Anthony Boots Martinez, says that he has major concerns with Excelsior High School being used as a polling station in the upcoming Municipal Elections. Martinez said that the school sits in the Queen Square Constituency, but residents of Port Loyola will be required to go there to vote. Martinez went on to say that a major concern is warring factions of city gangs that might endanger the lives of voters.

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Former Cabinet Member: “My number one concern is citizen security but apart from that polling – Excelsior High School is separated by a fence with St. John’s Vianney and Excelsior High School sits in the Queen Square constituency. 2,009 are asked from the Jane Usher Boulevard area to go to Excelsior to vote. 1,440 people need to pass through the same area to go to Muslim School to vote. One thousand six hundred and odd people who vote in Queen Square are asked to go to St. John’s Vianney to vote. You can’t get a hundred yards barrier from Excelsior to St. John’s Vianney so what kind of chaos you will have ? Then you have the healthcare facility, the health clinic right beside Excelsior. Then you have – my main concern though is with the various gang rivalry issues within the area. You have Gill Street, you have LBC, you have Sunset, you have all kinds of things. My main concern is citizen security. I hope that the Chief Elections Officer would really consider citizen security that’s my main concern. Elections and Boundaries should have noticed something strange happening over the years. Majority of the people from the Yarborough area, Caesar Ridge Road area, Queen Charlotte Street area have been transferring to Pickstock and Fort George and why ? Because there’s problem with them going to vote at Muslim over the period of time but for me as the former area representative Muslim sits in Port Loyola so you never had any other choice. Those boys had problems to cross the barrier, no way they can pass so easy. Fabers road is a problem. Coming down the boulevard is a problem. Coming up the next side of the boulevard is a problem and so at the end of the day my main concern with this though is citizen security.”

Martinez says that the placement is impractical and hopes the elections and boundaries department will reconsider the decision.

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