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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley says the Government is using
Parliament s time to campaign for
the 2015 general election.
He said that was being done despite
the fact a date for the election had
not been announced as yet by Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Rowley spoke with reporters briefly
after Monday s screening exercise for
PNM candidates for the constituen-
cies of Diego Martin Central,
Barataria/San Juan and Chaguanas
It started at 5 pm and concluded
five hours later at Balisier House,
He said he was pleased with the
screening process, adding only one
constituency remains to be complet-
It was given additional time to find
suitable nominees. Opposition Senator
Diane Baldeo-Chadeesingh was
approved several weeks ago but sub-
sequently withdrew her candidacy.
A new prospective candidate was
Questioned outside Balisier House,
Rowley said Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar had become "des-
perate." He was responding to more
than one attempt being made by the
Prime Minister to have him sanc-
tioned in Parliament.
Persad-Bissessar made a statement
last week seeking to have him referred
to the Privileges Committee for state-
ments he made in a motion of no
confidence against Finance and the
Economy Minister Larry Howai.
She also told a UNC rally in Couva
at the weekend she was seeking to
have Rowley suspended from Parlia-
ment on the Emailgate matter.
"She is looking for a plan B or a
plan C... the whole alphabet, so I
wish her well," Rowley said.
He said he stood "behind my duty
which is to ask for an investigation
if one is warranted and if anything
warranted an investigation it was
He said while the Parliament was
being used to conduct the UNC s
campaign, the PNM would respond
outside of the chamber.
Rowley also said he did not know
what the PM meant when she repeat-
ed she would call the 2015 general
election when it was constitutionally
"I don t know that you could call
an election when it is not constitu-
tionally due. A PM can call an election
the day after you are elected. That is
a nonsense statement some handler
told her to say but it doesn t make
any sense," Rowley said.
Deowatie Lalchan, initially
favoured by the PNM screening
committee as the candidate for
Chaguanas East, was rejected
for the second time after the
constituency executive angrily
walked out of a meeting at Bal-
isier House on Monday night.
Lalchan was rejected by the
constituency executive because
they claimed they did not know
She told the T&T Guardian
yesterday, however, that they
knew her very well since she was
a member of the Chaguanas East
She said she was nominated as
a candidate by her party group.
Chairman of the executive,
Irvin Isles, said on Monday night
he "didn t even know the name
of the woman."
Other executive members
reportedly said they did not know
her either and were not pleased
with the screening committee s
decision to impose her on them.
Isles, the only member who
remained in the meeting with the
screening committee, which is
headed by Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley, confirmed yester-
day Lalchan was rejected.
"The newspaper article (saying
she was approved) is wrong. She
Lalchan was screened at a pre-
vious time as a candidate for
Chaguanas East in the 2015 gen-
eral election and rejected.
She said yesterday she was not
present at Balisier House on
Monday night but if what she
read in the newspaper was true,
the behaviour of the constituency
executive members was unpro-
"There isn t much time left for
the general election and we
should not be bickering like this.
The future of Chaguanas East
and the country is at stake," she
Lalchan asked the T&T
Guardian to leave out all details
about her personal life for security
She said she did not know if
she was rejected since nobody
called her and told her so.
She remains a "firm supporter"
of the PNM and Rowley, she said.
Isles said the search continues
for a suitable candidate.
"We have no one in mind as
yet. We have to meet and decided
the way forward," he said.
Chaguanas East is held by the
UNC s Stephen Cadiz who got
10,797 votes in the 2010 election.
The PNM s candidate,
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, got
PNM's Chaguanas East
candidate rejected again
Govt using Parliament
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
Three months after suspend-
ed policeman Dane Sorzano was
denied bail on three rape
charges in the Siparia Magis-
trate s Court, he remains in cus-
Sorzano, who was brought into
the First Court yesterday hand-
cuffed and placed in the holding
bay, inquired about the status
of the file in his matter.
Court prosecutor Sgt Baptiste
said the file is at the office of
the Director of Public Prosecu-
tions, but a State prosecutor has
not yet been assigned to the
The former court prosecutor,
who has 18 years police service,
is charged with three counts of
rape involving an 18-year-old.
The alleged offences took
place on October 24 and October
25, 2010 and December 5, 2014.
Sorzano, of Hickling Village,
Fyzabad, is also facing a similar
charge in the San Fernando Mag-
istrate s Court involving a minor.
That offence allegedly took
place on April 3, 2011, in San
Asked by Magistrate Margaret
Alert if he had an attorney,
Sorzano replied, "Not yet,
He will reappear in court on
Cop accused of rape remains in jail
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