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Former People s National
Movement (PNM) MP Indra
Sinanan Ojah-Maharaj has
denied that she mandated two
party activists to intimidate,
bully, threaten and verbally
abuse Toco/Sangre Grande con-
stituents in the lead-up to the
constituency s executive elec-
The election, which was held
on September 2, was contested
by two PNM teams.
Emerging victorious under the
incumbent constituency exec-
utive was Cuthbert Pierre, who
won the chairman s post over
his rival Wayne Alonzo.
Pierre obtained 57 votes, while
Alonzo got 36.
The election saw 22 positions
up for grabs with Pierre s team
being successful at the polls.
However, Ojah-Maharaj last
week described the allegations
as mischievous and untrue. "I
was not present for the election
nor did I mandate anyone to do
such acts. I am smarter than
that to instigate such things
against our PNM brothers and
Ojah-Maharaj said she would
never put one PNM group
Ojah-Maharaj s brother is
Rohan Sinanan, deputy political
leader of the PNM and campaign
manager for the upcoming gen-
Public relations officer of
party group 25, Eltina Robinson,
alleged that some activists were
mandated to bully, threaten and
abuse party members in an
attempt to control the elections.
A long-standing member of
the PNM, Robinson, of Salybia
Grey Trace, Salybia, said con-
stituents were told that if they
did not support the team under
Alonzo, "they would be pun-
ished and would get nothing
when the party gets into gov-
ernment in 2015."
Robinson also alleged that a
fracas took place between two
PNM activists from the oppos-
ing sides prior to the election.
Having fallen ill on the day of
the election, Robinson said she
was visited by the opposing
team who wanted to bodily
remove her from her home to
get her vote. "I had to object
because they were behaving like
hooligans. I told them to leave
and not to come back because
I realise they were trying to steal
the election. Toco/Sangre
Grande is not for sale and the
people s voices must be heard
and no amount of bullying,
threatening and lying will stifle
the will of the people. This does
not shed a good light on the
Robinson said the new exec-
utive recognised that with the
runoff legislation in place every
member must work together to
bring victory home.
A PNM member for 30 years,
Robinson said the behaviour
demonstrated was not in the
best interest of the constituency.
"Other groups are still asking
me what is going on."
She intends to write a letter
to party chairman Franklin Khan
and Pierre about the incident.
Robinson said she hoped the
PNM did not select Ojah-
Maharaj to contest the seat for
the upcoming general election
because she did nothing for con-
stituents as an MP. "I am telling
you, if we see Indra in this vil-
lage twice as MP we see her
Robinson is throwing her sup-
port behind former chairman of
the Sangre Grande Regional
Corporation, lawyer Ronald
Despite the pulling and tug-
ging, Robinson was optimistic
that the PNM could regain the
seat, which was won by Dr
Rupert Griffith in 2010.
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Former PNM MP Indra Sinanan
Participants of Scotiabank's 16th annual Women Against Breast Cancer 5k
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Griffith: Serious crimes decrease in Tobago
There has been a 39 per cent decrease
of serious crimes in Tobago for 2014.
Yesterday, a release from the Ministry
of National Security attributed the decline
to a number of measures that have been
instituted under their watch to make
Tobago a safer place.
The release stated that National Secu-
rity Minister Gary Griffith promised to
deal with criminals by increasing the
number of police officers and bringing
150 Special Reserve Police officers..
By keeping criminals away from the
sister isle, Griffith said, law enforcement
personnel could continue to concentrate
on suppressing criminals in Trinidad.
The minister stated that even though
national security was not as he envisaged
it should be, the ministry was making
Griffith boasted that there was also a
69 per cent reduction in tourism-related
crimes, while his ministry saw an
improvement in the detection rate from
20 to 25 per cent.
He noted that Tobago was safer in
2014 than it had been in 2013, with a
39 per cent reduction in serious crimes.
This was credited to the numerous
law enforcement policies that had been
implemented, among them:
• The provision of National Opera-
tional Centre helicopters equipped to
give live video feed and footage to the
Tobago Emergency Management Agency
• The provision of live mobile oversight
for all major events in Tobago
• Aerial surveillance in hot spots and
targets of interest as required by the
• Weekly movement of Inter Agency
Task Force officers to and from Tobago
to conduct special operations
• Several search and rescue missions
as well as maritime patrols and count-
er-terrorism capability on the ferry
• Increased support in the form of
medical and casualty evacuations
• The deployment of 220 T&T
Defence Force personnel
• Continued support to the TTPS in
joint patrols and tourism security patrols.
• Installation of 128 CCTV cameras.
"I was not present for
the election nor did I
mandate anyone to do
such acts. I am smarter
than that to instigate
such things against our
PNM brothers and
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