Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2015 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
The Eastern Main Road in Petit
Bourg on Wednesday evening was
relatively quiet at four in the after-
A handful of weary people making
their way home, stopped at the tailor
shop of Hugh Stephens.
Carefully measuring a pair of cream
trousers, Stephens s small but well-
organised businessplace is located on
one of the major arteries of San Juan,
an area which forms part of the St
A smiling, bespectacled Stephens,
49, of Akal Trace articulated as he
spoke about MP Terrence Deyalsingh.
A tailor for the past 35 years
Stephens said: "He does be here very
often. Just recently I see him up here
and he was talking to residents."
But Stephens, who was also born
at Akal Trace, said the community
was not without its problems.
He listed improper garbage disposal
and the lack of recreational facilities
as some of the negative issues plagu-
ing the community.
Governments have come and gone
but construction at the community
centre, which began some 15 years
ago, has never been completed.
Its dilapidated shell stands out like
an eyesore. Graffiti is scrawled over
Despite these challenges, however,
Stephens has faith in Deyalsingh s
"Like everything else there are
pockets of crime. Nothing major to
talk about. Deyalsingh has a good
chance of winning," Stephens said.
Unemployment, said president of
the Akal Trace/Irving Street Youth
Development Group, Raymond
"Crusher" Dollaway, was another
Dollaway, 46, of Maitagual Road,
San Juan, said the group which has
been in existence for the past six years,
had as one of the objectives keeping
the youths occupied with sports.
On the issue of crime he said: "We
doh really have crime. One or two of
the youths go flare up but as they
flare up we get onto them and they
boil back down one time.
"Very rare you go hear something.
It might be them youths fight but by
tomorrow they back together again."
Small, untidy piles of red sand
mixed with gravel lay as evidence of
infrastructural projects which began
under defeated UNC candidate Ian
Alleyne but which were never com-
Dollaway said material, including
sand, bricks and steel, to start work
to fix poor drainage have all been
"But Deyalsingh trying. He have
no competition because we never see
nobody else from any other party,"
Further west at the corner of Real
and Picton Streets, San Juan, the res-
idence of the relatives of UNC sup-
porter, Percy Villafana, was quiet.
Villafana shot to fame when he
blocked Prime Minister Patrick Man-
ning from entering his home during
a PNM walkabout five years ago.
He had declared Manning a persona
non grata when he clenched his fists
and crossed his arms as he stood
guard at the front gate.
That action was later dubbed the
"Do So" pose and was touted by the
PP Government during the election
campaign, which had urged then
opposition supporters to "do so"
when approached by the PNM.
Villafana has since returned to his
home in Canada and was said to be
ill to the extent where he cannot walk.
An elderly relative, who was relax-
ing on the front porch, said she was
unaware of who was the MP.
"I doh know and I not interested.
They do nothing around here anyway.
They clean all over but not by the
road there," she said pointing to the
sides of her house.
Friday, May 15, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
PARTY TO SOLVE
THIRD FORCES SPLIT VOTES
ON THE MARGIN---ST JOSEPH
In the Mt Lambert area, at
Grant Street, local psychic Yesenia
Gonzalez predicted while the
PNM seemed to be on more
stable ground than the UNC, there
could be a third force or forces
that could split votes.
She also predicted some
turmoil which could hit the
country as the general election
"The UNC is losing its strength
generally and there will be more
scandals for the Government...
plenty confusion. Somebody from
the Government will go to jail.
Everything that happening now is
going to change in a few weeks
but it will change for the worse.
"There is an emerging third
force that will change a lot in the
marginals and final results of the
election," she said.
On whether she was pleased
with the running of the
Gonzalez said she often sees
CEPEP hard at work.
The St Joseph constituency is
traditionally referred to politically
as a "marginal" seat. It has 53
It is seen as being very
heterogeneous, along racial as well
as class lines, and comprises a
combination of upscale and
squatter or depressed areas,
including the communities of
Aranguez, St Joseph proper, Petit
Bourg, Mt Hope, North Valsayn, Mt
D'Or, Mt Lambert, Champs Fleurs,
parts of western Curepe and
eastern San Juan and
Parts of the constituency fall
within the San Juan/Laventille
Regional Corporation, while others
are part of the Tunapuna/Piarco
Regional Corporation. In the last
general election on May 24, 2010,
UNC candidate and former High
Court judge Herbert Volney beat
then incumbent, PNM's Kennedy
Out of 18,711 ballots cast from a
list of 25,943 eligible voters,
Volney gained 10,835 votes,
topping Swaratsingh's 7,778. The
voter turnout then was 72 per
cent in St Joseph, two per cent
higher than the national average.
Like Chaguanas West in July, St
Joseph was forced to endure a by-
election after Volney, who had
been fired as justice minister for
"misleading Cabinet" about
Section 34 of the Administration
of Justice (Indictable Proceedings)
Act, resigned as a member of the
NONE OF THE ABOVE
CRIME CORRUPTION HEALTHCARE UNEMPLOYMENT
Dollaway, president of the
Akal Trace/ Irving Street
Community Group points
to an abandoned project
which began under
defeated UNC candidate
Ian Alleyne. PHOTO:
POLL CONDUCTED FOR GML BY LOUIS BERTRAND OF H.H.B. & ASSOCIATES
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