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Newly formed political party,
Alliance of Independents (AOI), will
this week elect its interim executive
as they get set to contest at least five
seats in the 2015 general election.
By the end of the month the AOI
will also launch its manifesto to the
These were some of the issues dis-
cussed yesterday at the Chancellor
Hotel, St Ann's, during a two-hour
long meeting with a small group of
AOI members, the party's founding
member Nicole Dyer-Griffith and inter-
im chairman Joe Pires.
Also present was former national
security minister Gary Griffith.
Emerging from the closed-door
meeting, Dyer-Griffith said she would
not make promises to the electorate.
"The only thing I can promise is that
I will continue to try my very best to
ensure that some of the policy positions
that we have been discussing, that we
get it into a government structure, some
kind of structure that it will move from
a groundbreaking policy perspective to
Dyer-Griffith said approximately ten
policy perspectives were discussed,
which dealt with national safety and
security, education, food security,
health, community development,
tourism, education, sports and trade,
As Dyer-Griffith and Pires spoke
about the party's plans at the hotel, Dr
Carson Charles, political leader of the
National Alliance for Reconstruction
and former justice minister Christlyn
Moore walked up a flight of stairs and
entered the Chancery Room, where the
political party was carded to have a
second meeting at noon.
Instead of establishing party groups,
Dyer-Griffith said, empowerment com-
mittees would be formed.
"We are trying to encourage people
to think differently. The AOI will be
the conscience of the undecided voter,"
Asked if a female was likely to lead
the political party, Dyer-Griffith
responded with a laugh.
"I don't know. All we are seeing is
a movement that has transcended into
a political body. We are now in the
process of discussing the structure of
the organisation," Pires added.
Dyer-Griffith said the AOI would
not only address problems, but come
up with solutions.
Recently, the AOI sent a party symbol
to the Elections and Boundaries Com-
mission for registration.
Pires said AOI wanted to contest
between five and six seats along the
East-West corridor and in South for
the general election.
"We are very interested in contesting
in the election. A lot of people are
reaching out to us...even people from
Moruga and Toco."
AOI will begin registering members
online this week.
"Instead of asking for financial con-
tributions we will ask for pledges," Pires
Will they join another political party?
Dyer-Griffith said the AOI was an
independent organisation that would
maintain its independence.
"Barring that, it does not mean that
certain agreements can't take place
with like-minded organisations. As an
independent political party we are inter-
ested in meeting other parties and inde-
pendent people to hear their position
"There are a lot of independent peo-
ple coming out for this election. The
political landscape has already been
changed," Dyer-Griffith pointed out.
Among those expressing an interest
in contesting on an AOI ticket are past
politicians and businessmen.
The Coast Guard
yesterday found a
sunken trawler off La
Brea. It is believed
Prakash Ali was aboard
the vessel at the time
of his disappearance.
Ali, who is believed
to be from Orange Val-
ley, Carapichaima, was
reported missing since
The Coast Guard
received a report on
Thursday at 7.15 pm
about a fisherman who
rescued a man at sea.
He was floating about
five miles north west off
the coast of La Brea and
the caller said he was
told there was another
person in the water, who
is believed to be Ali.
However, the fisherman
did not find the second
Members of the
Coast Guard and Air
Guard, who have been
searching since Friday,
found the sunken vessel,
about 32 feet in length,
yesterday morning. It
was found about two
nautical miles off the
coast of north west La
Certified diver Dave
Balkissoon said a bigger
trawler was used to pull
the sunken vessel.
"It was pulled about
three miles from the
deep, close to shore. We
didn't have enough gears
to raise it. Right now it
by the old jetty in La
Brea by Coffee Beach
under 25 feet of water,"
Another attempt will
be made today to bring
the vessel to shore.
sunken boat found
Party eyes 5 seats
in general election
Charles, Moore turn up at AOI meeting
Alliance of Independents (AOI) founding member Nicole Dyer-Griffith and interim chairman Joe Pires speak
during an interview with the Sunday Guardian at the Chancellor Hotel, St Ann's, yesterday.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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