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The latest poll conducted in
San Fernando West by Louis
Bertrand of H.H.B and associates,
which showed that incumbent
MP Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
has a 60 per cent unfavourable
rating, can spell trouble for the
People s Partnership Govern-
ment, says senior political analyst
Saying San Fernando West
which, like Tunapuna, is consid-
ered a marginal seat, James said
greater analysis has to done once
the poll findings are made public.
"It does spell trouble for the
Congress of the People and that
is not surprising. And if it spells
trouble for the COP then it auto-
matically spells trouble for the
Partnership," James said yesterday
in response to the initial findings
of the poll published in yesterday s
Sunday Guardian. The full details
of the poll will be released tomor-
On the previous poll conducted
by Bertrand, which also gave the
PNM the advantage in Tunapuna,
James said this had been the gen-
eral consensus all along.
"Tunapuna, it appears, has been
given the PNM the lead and that
is what some of us have been say-
ing...that the marginals would
most likely go to the PNM," he
He said while this may be good
news for the Opposition the party,
the PNM must not fall into com-
"It s not something they can
relax with. Elections are dynamic
and they need to work at it," James
Asked whether the PP Govern-
ment would pick up popularity in
the marginal once it revealed its
candidates, James said this would
depend on what contribution the
candidates had to make.
"It all depends on the visibility
of the candidates and I suppose
that is one factor, but I would not
put too much emphasis on that.
I want to think that is not a big
factor in the chances of the Peo-
ple s Partnership Government.
"But we cannot tell for sure.
Let s wait and see who the PP
chooses," James added.
Giving his take on the San Fer-
nando West poll, political analyst
Mukesh Basdeo said the emphasis
seemed to be on representation
over the last four years. He said
there were two sets of figures, one
regarding Seepersad-Bachan as an
individual and one as an MP.
"The respondents were able to
differentiate Parliamentary repre-
sentation as against individuality.
They have given her a low score
in what is considered a marginal
"But the likelihood can swing
either way. The PNM has a can-
didate for that constituency and
once the PP Government
announces its candidates, then it
would paint a better picture of
how the marginals would swing,"
In the case of Tunapuna, he said
it was also a similar case.
"The PNM has selected candi-
dates early so they can hit the
ground. What the Partnership does
would also be important as rep-
resentation seems to be an issue,"
On the polls saying that Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
had dropped in popularity in favour
of Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley, Basdeo said it was still to
early to determine how this factor
would eventually pan out.
Polls spell trouble
for PP, analyst
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Chairman of the People's National Movement's party group 29 for the
Toco/Sangre Grande constituency, Kerwin Thomas, gives a party jersey
to resident Jathon Joseph during a walkabout at Avocado Drive, La
Platta Gardens, Valencia, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
There are too many homicides
which remain unsolved, former
Attorney General Ramesh Maharaj
He made the comment as he noted
that today marks the one-year
anniversary of the assassination of
former Independent Senator and Sen-
ior Counsel Dana Seetahal and to date
no one has been held for her killing.
At midnight on May 4 last year,
Seetahal was shot dead near the
Woodbrook Youth Facility as she drove
along Hamilton Holder Street.
"Up to today you would have seen
the recent murder of Dana Seetahal
highlighting the fact that after one
year, we don t have anybody arrested,"
he said, adding most of the murders
in T&T are not detected.
"That is not the only problem, the
problem is that there are many people
like that. As a matter of fact, there
should be no distinction between if a
person is high up or if it is an ordinary
Maharaj was speaking yesterday at
the Democratic Watch s forum at Gas-
ton Court, Chaguanas.
Also speaking at the event, former
national security minister Jack Warner
said he was not pleased that the inves-
tigations into Seetahal s murder did
not bear any results.
"In Dana Seetahal s murder, after
one year we are no nearer to discov-
ering who the murderers are," he said.
He said he had presented the Gov-
ernment with a crime plan but it has
not been put into effect.
Movement for Social Justice Political
leader, David Abdulah, who also
attended the event, said he too was
appalled that no one has been held
for the crime, adding it underscored
the need for improved policing in T&T.
Too many killings
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