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Former attorney general
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj says
while the intent of the Code of
Ethical Political Conduct for
political parties and civil groups
was good, it was not properly
drafted and would be ineffec-
The code was an initiative of
RC Archbishop Joseph Harris
and the T&T Transparency Insti-
tute (TTTI) and was drafted to
ensure transparent conduct of
the 2015 general election.
In a brief comment to the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Maharaj said
there must be some mechanism
to be in place to determine if any
breaches were committed by any
party but, as far as he was aware,
there was no such mechanism.
He said the code was badly
drafted and provided no penalties
for anyone guilty of breaching
"It does not make sense to
have a code and you have no
mechanism to have it enforced
or to have breaches redressed,"
He also had "some reserva-
tions about the content of the
code, because I do not know how
it will be determined in some
instances that a breach was com-
mitted," he added.
Maharaj said the code was "so
widely drafted that it will be dif-
ficult to determine whether peo-
ple were in breach of the code
or not" and it might not be
effective as a result.
Staff at the Blind Welfare Asso-
ciation, Port-of-Spain began to
return to their homes yesterday
after receiving their outstanding
Contacted yesterday, spokesman
Joseph "Lingo" Vautor-La Placeliere
said some staff members had received
their salaries, which range from
$1,250 to $1,700 per fortnight, and
had immediately returned home to
"Hopefully by the morning we are
all out of here," said Vautor-La Place-
Vautor-La Placeliere, a former
national extempo champion, also
thanked members of the public who
supported the visually impaired
workers during their week-long sit-
Last week, almost two dozen of
the association s 55 employees moved
into their offices at the corner of
Edward and Duke Streets in Port-
of-Spain, saying they could not
afford to travel to and from work.
Despite the resolution of the sit-
uation, Vautor-La Placeliere said staff
members were still dissatisfied with
the CEO of the association, Kenneth
Surat, who they blame for their peri-
odic late salary-payment issues.
"He still has to go. We don t want
him," Vautor-La Placeliere said.
In a interview with this newspaper
earlier this week, Surat said the delay
in the payment was because the
association was waiting for additional
funding from government.
Surat claimed the shortfall in the
organisation s annual budget from
the Ministry of the People was a reg-
ular occurrence over the past few
years, as the state funding barely
covered salaries and operational costs.
He also denied the allegations
against him, saying he would not
accede to the workers request for
him to leave until they produced evi-
dence that he was involved in any
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Lyndon Jones, who acts the role of the owner of a ganga field, restrains planter Nicholas Valley from
chopping Liz Valley playing the character La Diablesse as members of the Enterprise Performing Arts
Organisation perform their skit titled Papa Bois Vision the Tale Of The Missing Dasheen during the Prime
Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition Folk Festival Final at Queen's Hall in the category of
Dramatised Literature on Wednesday evening. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Blind workers receive
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Ramesh: New code of
conduct has no teeth
The code prohibits:
• Using state resources for
• Offering inducements or
reward to attract
membership to a political
• Using language to provoke
violence or make false or
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