Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 20th 2015 Contents RICHARD LORD
Incumbent MPs for Laventille
East and Laventille West---Donna
Cox and Nileung Hypolite---will be
spending their last days in office
ahead of the impending general elec-
tion which are constitutionally due
no later than September this year.
Both were rejected by the People s
National Movement s screening com-
mittee on Wednesday night as the
party continued selection of election
Cox and two other nominees ---
Jeffery Reyes and Ken Wright --- were
told by the committee, which is
chaired by party leader Dr Keith Row-
ley, that they were "unsuitable" to
represent the party in the Laventille
The Barataria/San Juan candidates
were also deemed unsuitable and the
constituency was asked to find new
Former MP Fitzgerald Hinds was
eventually chosen as the party s can-
didate for Laventille West, defeating
Hypolite, retired police officer Terry
Young and Akil Audain.
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corpora-
tion Esmond Forde was the other
successful candidate, as he was given
the nod for the Tunapuna seat.
Attempts to contact Hypolite yes-
terday were unsuccessful as calls to
his cellphone went unanswered for
most of the day.
But before Wednesday s screening
he said he would remain committed
to the PNM even if he was not select-
ed as the candidate.
However, he said he felt he was a
better candidate than Hinds, adding
that the former Laventille East/Mor-
vant MP would not be able to hit the
ground running as quickly as he
Forde, meanwhile, said he was
committed to ensuring the PNM won
the Tunapuna seat now held by the
People s Partnership s Winston Dook-
Saying he believed he was chosen
because of his representation as a
councillor, he said he was "a people s
person" who took an oath as a coun-
cillor to represent "every member in
the community, East Indians, Chinese,
French Creoles, negroes, everyone I
He said he may also have been cho-
sen because many people see him as
being similar to former Tunapuna
MP Eddie Hart.
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yes-
terday condemned what have been termed a
degrading statement against women by Oppo-
sition Leader Dr Keith Rowley earlier this week.
Speaking during an International Women s Day
observance at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann s, last
night, Persad-Bissessar described Rowley s com-
ments as disgraceful.
"It is never appropriate to blur the lines of pro-
priety simply because it suits us. It is never appro-
priate to use colloquial double speak in a manner
that is wholly insulting and derogatory to women
and expect this to be passed off as just politics,"
she told the large group of women.
In an obvious reference to Rowley s Carnival wine
with South teenager Ravina Rampersad, another
issue which drew divided commentary from the
public, she added: "It is never appropriate to use
a festive or party event to condone inappropriate
behaviour and disrespect for young women."
After being applauded, the PM said: "It is not
and could never be okay. It is disgraceful.
"There is no negotiation about blurring lines of
responsibility, propriety and appropriate behaviour
regardless to whether you are on a political platform
or you are off a political platform."
Persad-Bissessar said Rowley s statement "was
an attack on all women in our nation and I condemn
those remarks made on Tuesday night."
She said those issues should be dealt with "head-
on, straight-on, confront them because that is what
people are concerned about...what is better, which
policy is better and which issue will bring bene-
fit."Saying she would not be the guide in the matter,
Persad-Bissessar said she "believes that every sen-
sible woman would be offended and would see the
comments as disgusting and outrageous." She
advised those present to "take a look and listen to
those comments for yourselves and be the judge."
Speaking during the PNM s cottage meeting in
La Horquetta/Talparo on Tuesday, Rowley told the
gathering: "She could jump high, she could jump
low. She could drink this, she could drink that. She
could bark at my dog because I will ignore she
Rowley has been criticised for the comments and
the issue will be discussed by the Code of Ethics
Committee next week. (See Page A6)
The comments have been met with mixed
responses by the public, with some seeing it as col-
loquial tongue in cheek language while others have
found it to be offensive. (RL)
Hinds gets another shot
On Wednesday, Cox arrived at Balisier House before
7 pm with a small group of supporters who chanted:
"We winning with Donna."
Elections Officer of the constituency Michael
Eastman told reporters before the screening the
constituents wanted Cox to be selected to contest
the seat as she was the best MP for the constituency.
Hours later after being screened a visibly angry Cox
departed Balisier House.
Party general secretary Ford later said Cox "will not
be contesting the seat for the PNM in the next
general election." He said the constituency executive
was told to "find a new nominee or nominees."
Cox was first elected as a Government MP in
November 2007 under former prime minister Patrick
Manning and re-elected in May 2010 as an Opposition
MP following the defeat of the PNM by the People's
Cox and Hypolite joined San Fernando East MP and
former prime minister Patrick Manning and Point
Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon as incumbents who will
not be part of the general election process.
Manning failed to appear before the screening
committee in January on grounds of ill-health after
initially indicating his desire to run again, while
Gopee-Scoon announced she would not be running
La Brea MP Fitzgerald Jeffrey also appeared before
the screening committee but was told the
committee's decision was pending.
Arouca/Maloney MP Alicia Hospedales is being
challenged by Senator Camille Robinson-Regis, the
woman she replaced as MP in 2007.
PM slams Rowley's
'sexist' platform talk
for 19TH MARCH, 2015
Parents of pupils
who attend the
the Diego Martin
refusal to grant
approval for it to
protest took place
Martin Main Road,
page A7) PHOTO:
PM SLAMS ROWLEY'S
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