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The Elections and Boundaries Commission
(EBC) has recommended boundary changes in
10 constituencies in North and South Trinidad,
including San Fernando East, San Fernando
West and Oropouche East, for the upcoming
2015 general elections.
Among recommendations, the EBC proposes
shifting three polling divisions from Oropouche
East (held by the ruling UNC/PP) into San Fer-
nando East (held by the Opposition PNM).
Also recommended is the shift of two polling
divisions from San Fernando East (held by PNM)
to San Fernando West (held by COP/PP).
The EBC order was laid in Parliament yesterday
by People s Partnership House leader Roodal
Moonilal, who denied Opposition People s National
Movement claims that Government had been
"suppressing" the EBC document.
The EBC, in charge of election preparations,
has responsibility for review of the number of
boundaries into which T&T is divided. There are
The EBC s draft order is part of preparations
for the upcoming elections after the PP s term
ends on May 24. Parliament prorogues in June.
Outermost term limit is September, the Prime
Minister has said.
The EBC draft order recommended that
Trinidad should be divided into 39 constituencies
and that no changes should be made in 29 of
these, or in the two Tobago constituencies.
However, alterations of the boundaries of 10
Trinidad constituencies were recommended. This
involves shifts of polling stations from some con-
stituencies into others.
The affected constituencies are Couva
North/South, Diego Martin West/Central/North
East, Port-of-Spain North/St Ann s West, Port-
of-Spain South, San Fernando East and West and
According to the EBC order, the document had
been submitted to the Prime Minister and Speaker
of the House of Representatives on April 28, 2014.
But in presenting the document in Parliament,
Moonilal said Cabinet had examined and approved
the document on February 12 after the necessary
requisites for matters of this nature were done.
"I say this to refute preposterous allegations
by people equally preposterous - the usual suspects
- that Government was suppressing the report
and Government wants to voter pad. Nothing
is further from the truth," he said, adding Gov-
ernment had not been dragging its feet on the
Moonilal said the PNM was judging the PP by
what it was accustomed to doing and the PNM
had made mischievous statements on the matter.
EBC wants 10
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar says she will heed the
call by Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley to initiate legal action
against him and also to present a
no confidence motion in the Par-
liament for his failing to inform
her that Director of the Police
Complaints Authority David West
was his witness in a defamation
matter with former attorney gen-
eral Anand Ramlogan.
Rowley on Thursday had chal-
lenged Persad-Bissessar to initiate
the action she promised at a UNC
public meeting in the La Horquet-
ta/Talparo constituency on Mon-
In an interview outside Parliament
yesterday, Persad-Bissessar said:
"We will bring it (the matters) on,
most certainly we will bring it on."
She said the no confidence
motion will be filed in Parliament
next week and the lawsuit will be
initiated after the police investiga-
tions into the E-mailgate matter
was completed. She said two years
was a long time for the investigation
to be completed.
Last Monday, the PM called on
the investigators to complete the
probe speedily, but yesterday she
said she was not seeking to harass
the police or the Integrity Com-
mission to complete their respective
investigations into the allegation.
Two years ago in a no confidence
motion against Persad-Bissessar,
Rowley told Parliament that he was
in possession of a trail of e-mails
from senior cabinet ministers, which
highlighted a plot to bug the office
of the Director of Public Prosecu-
tions (DPP) Roger Gaspard and the
intimidation of the T&T Guardian
journalist who broke the story about
the early proclamation of Section
34 of the Administration of Justice
(Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.
Persad-Bissessar also commented
on a move by former UNC attorney
general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
to accept an offer from Rowley to
lead his legal team. She said it was
the right of any citizen to select any
lawyer of his choice and the choice
of any lawyer to accept a brief.
She described the move to also
include former prime minister in
Rowley s legal team as most inter-
esting. She recalled that in the
UNC s internal elections in 2010,
both Panday and Maharaj suffered
heavy losses to her slate of candi-
Kamla to call
However, PNM vice chairman Colm Imbert
last night told the T&T Guardian, "The report
is dated April 28, 2014, which means the
Government had had it in its possession for
almost one year.
"Dr Moonilal also confirmed it only went to
Cabinet in February this year, so that means
the PP sat on this report for at least nine
months before even seeking Cabinet approval
to table it in Parliament.
"In all that time they would have known
that the major change that has taken place is
that three strongly pro-UNC polling divisions
have been moved from Oropouche East into
San Fernando East, thus weakening the seat
for the PNM by 1,000 votes."
Imbert added, "The potential for voter-
padding and house padding over the last year
is also very real and we in PNM will now have
to scrutinise the movement of voters in
those polling divisions, especially in the
Under EBC's recommendation, boundaries
in San Fernando East (PNM-held) would shift
due to transfer from this constituency of two
polling divisions to San Fernando West (COP-
held) and transfer into San Fernando East of
three polling divisions from Oropouche East
In San Fernando West (held by the CO/PP),
changes will also be made due to the transfer
into this constituency of two polling divisions
from San Fernando East.
In Oropouche East, changes are also
proposed due to the transfer from this
constituency of three polling divisions to San
It has been recommended that one polling
division from Couva North (UNC/PP) be
transferred to neighbouring Couva South
(UNC/PP), causing a shift of boundary there
In Diego Martin West (PNM), one polling
division will be transferred to neighbouring
Diego Martin Central (PNM) and another
transferred from nearby Diego Martin North
East (PNM) to Diego Martin West.
A Diego Martin North East polling division
will be moved to Diego Martin West and two
polling divisions also moved to Port-of-Spain
North/St Ann's West.
Boundaries in PoS North/St Ann's West
(held by PNM) will also change due to
transfer of two polling divisions from Diego
Martin North East and in addition, transfer of
one polling division to PoS South (held by
PoS South's boundaries will change due to
the addition of the one polling division from
PoS North/St Ann's West.
After the laying of the order in Parliament
yesterday, the document's recommendations
will be debated by MPs in upcoming
Parliament sittings before it is approved.
PP SAT ON REPORT---IMBERT
Unidentified Saudi Arabian Sheiks who were guest of Deputy Speaker Neela Khan arrive at the Parliament
Building, Tower D, Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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