The results of the St. Joseph by-election in Trinidad have come in and – just as in the recently concluded Local Government Elections – the opposition People's National Movement has emerged victorious. The seat was previously held by former Justice Minister Herbert Volney of the People's Partnership coalition government. Twitter and Facebook have both seen netizen commentary about the outcome.
Early on, journalist @john_yearwood wondered if people were calling the seat too quickly:
— John Yearwood (@john_yearwood) November 5, 2013
Eldwin Baptiste was convinced that the PNM would hold on to its lead:
— eldwin baptiste (@porkman1986) November 5, 2013
Even before the official results were announced, the Ccn Tvnews Facebook page felt secure enough in its sources to post that:
PNM Candidate Terrence Deyalsingh wins the St. Joseph By-Election: PNM 6308 votes; ILP 1986 votes; UNC 5605; IND 303 votes; DNA 9 votes. (53 of 53 stations) Source: Solution By Simulation
ian[‘s] wetting after wetting has back fire[d] on him
The official results that were released later that night confirmed the early trends. An official statement from the Elections and Boundaries Commission noted that the opposition's candidate led the government's by 779 votes; just over 50% of the eligible population voted.
Congratulations to Terrance Deyalsingh MP for St. Joseph.
Thank you for leading the way to the next General Elections!!
— Impact on Governance (@IOGTTProject) November 5, 2013
The government wasn't quite prepared to admit defeat, though, seeing that its losing candidate came in at what some supporters thought was a strong second place. According to the C News Live Facebook page, Alleyne himself noted that:
“In 10 days time I have done a lot. What it takes some MPs 5 years I did in 10 days…”
Facebook user Patricia Worrell was not surprised at the government's reaction:
So! PNM won!
Waiting for KPB to come and ‘explain’ to us why it's really a UNC victory!
Finally, the memes started coming, with one of the most blunt referring to the then-teenager at the centre of this controversial story, who happens to be Ian Alleyne's sister: