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Narine, 75, of Diamond Vale, said Browne's rejection
meant that the constituency was no longer a safe
"I am really concerned about us (PNM) winning
the election because of the decisions that are being
made. PNM could lose a lot of votes from PNM
members. They could lose the election. That should
be a concern of the political leader, who does not
seem to bother. This is the kind of conflict it is cre-
ating within the PNM membership. He (Rowley) is
creating dissention among the ranks. This is a sad
thing for the party," he said.
As Narine poured his heart out, he began to cry.
He said there was a certain "degree of aloofness and
arrogance in the party now. All is not well in the
PNM," Narine said. Narine said the party was destroy-
ing itself since supporters were feeling alienated.
"This is the beginning of the weakening of the PNM
which was such a strong party. The party is hurting
a lot of people. It is bringing conflict in the constituency.
People are turning against one another."
Joe Huntley, 77, of Petit Valley, and Lance Aguillera,
a Cocorite resident, described Browne's rejection as
disappointing and painful. Huntley said people in
the constituency have been gunning for Browne for
"I am bitter," Huntley said, his voice choking with
emotions. As tears welled in his eyes, Huntley said
Browne was not treated fairly by his own.
"I believe the PNM needs Browne more than he
needs them," Huntley said. Aguillera said the con-
stituency has been embroiled in pulling and tugging
"If the party loses this seat, let the executive deal
with that." Aguillera said at a meeting, he overheard
a party executive saying that she got rid of former
DMC MP Ken Valley (now deceased) and she would
get rid of Browne.
"Dr Browne was disrespected in the worst way.
Since Browne came here they never liked him. They
realised they could not manipulate him."
Having voted for the PNM in every election, Dawn
Pierre, 88, of Geridot Street, was unsure if she would
exercise her franchise. Pierre said the constituency
would never get another MP like Browne.
"Listen, I don't want tears to come out of my eyes
today, but I am getting emotional. Browne is the
kind of politician that we want. I think he got a raw
deal. A man like Browne did not even get one vote
from the screening committee? That was planned."
She believes Browne has a strong chance of recap-
turing the seat if he contests as an independent.
'Arrogance in party'
Continued from Page A6
MIXED VIEWS ABOUT
PNM'S SCREENING PROCESS
How do you think the PNM's screening process will affect
the party's outcome in the 2015 general election?
Natasha Skeete, 35,
Yes, it will affect the party's
outcome. To begin with, I don't
think the screening process is fair, I
believe constituents should have a
greater say in selecting candidates.
Alex Surajdeen, 38, Penal.
The PNM has been making bad
decisions with its selection of
candidates, which could backfire on
them at the polls. Why put
someone to contest a seat when
the incumbent is working? It just
does not make sense.
Suzanna Moonoo-Khan, 50,
cashier, Diego Martin.
I don't think the party will be
affected in any major way. The
PNM has a good chance of winning
the general election.
Clifton Halls, 28, salesman,
Yes, the PNM could be affected.
They could end up losing a lot of
votes in the end because
constituents are dissatisfied with
its selection process.
Harrigan Badall, principal,
No, I don't think this will affect
the PNM to any great extent. The
party has to get rid of some of its
Sharon Khan-George, 48, data
entry operator, Diego Martin.
Yes, it will affect the party to
some degree because whoever
they choose may not be what the
Mervyn Harris, 65,
It's possible. People are no longer
gullible as before. You can't shove
things down people's throats and
expect them to take it. I don't think
they will win.
Earl Nicholas Taylor, former
teacher, Diamond Vale.
My question is what is the
criteria for the screening process? If
the majority of party groups want a
particular candidate...a candidate
that performs, why go against?
Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne,
meanwhile, says he has always sought a "high stan-
dard of accountability and not everyone has taken
kindly to that."
However, he maintained that he has no bitterness
after his rejection as the People's National Movement
candidate for the Diego Martin Central seat.
Browne, in an e-mailed response to allegations
that he failed to distribute donated relief items to
needy people in the constituency, said, "A good MP
is supposed to be an advocate and facilitator of
empowerment and resources to the people in the
communities who are most in need."
He contended that his principles will not be lowered
at any price, and "I remain hopeful that the examples
of decency and character amongst us will never go
He contended that a small group in Diego Martin
Central "would wish to have a puppet in place so
that when hampers arrive in the constituency they
must get the items as opposed to the people really
He explained that when relief supplies are procured
and stored it is to enable the office to respond to
needs and emergencies as they arise.
However, he said, "This is met with bitterness as
the traditional expectation has been that the group
would simply have called in their friends and families
to take the goods to their homes, inclusive of cleaning
supplies, mosquito nets, clothing and whatever is at
hand. It's a dangerous mentality but sadly it is some-
times encouraged by people who know better."
I have no
'SMITH WILL BRING
Osborne Charles, campaign manager for
Smith, denied that there was discord in
the constituency. Charles said people were
dissatisfied and that was their right.
In due course, Charles said, they will get
all hands on deck and win the seat.
Told that several constituents who
supported PNM in the past had indicated
that they would not rally behind Smith,
Charles said "you are in the press, get
accustom...get real. In Arima we had the
same problem...that is now turning around
and support is being given to Mr Garcia.
These are just teething problems that
would generally occur from time to time.
We are confident that in due course
people would heal their perceived wounds
and come around."
Hinds did not respond to a text message
sent to her phone on Friday.
However, in an article in Thursday's
Guardian, Hinds, who is also PNM's
operations officer, said there was no plot
"Dr Browne is a member of the PNM so
I have the utmost respect for him. He
served his time and probably it is
somebody's else time now, and there is
plenty of room in the PNM for Dr Browne.
I will work alongside him anytime," Hinds
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