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The grief of watching mourners perform
the Salat al-Janazah over Vijay Basdeo s
casket was too much for his mother Lolita
Basdeo as she had to be restrained by rel-
atives during his funeral yesterday.
It was the last time that Basdeo would
leave his Abraham Street, Claxton Bay,
home, three days after being shot dead
while preparing to leave for work at Point
Lisas. Sorrow filled the community as the
wails of family, relatives and friends could
be heard from a distance crying out for jus-
In an unconventional tribute, Lolita placed
a rose in her son s casket, telling him to
give it to God when he reaches to heaven.
"I give you this rose to take to heaven.
In heaven they are going to give you your
justice," Lolita said.
His elder brother Roshan remembered
their impoverished life as children. He said
Vijay, a supervisor at Super Industrial Serv-
ices Ltd, was the one who made their family
"We knew the days when the sno-cone
man passed, not to ask for one because we
could not afford it. We knew what was a
hard life and he reached this age...he rose
out of that and achieved a lot. He did his
studies in engineering and when he told
me he was an engineer it opened my heart
to know my brother would be the one to
really lift the family," Roshan said.
Officiating at the service, Imam Keith
Jahoor called for the death penalty to be
enforced and that justice be rendered for
the family. Jahoor said the murder was a
"sinister" act in the sight of God and man.
"My brothers and sisters, the reality is
that death comes to all but the method of
death is what we can t accept. Death is
inevitable and we can only try to bring clo-
sure to certain things, but murder is of a
"Today I speak with a loud voice, as an
Imam and for all Imam, Muslims and every-
one in this country. We call for the death
penalty and we endorse that.
"When someone has done a crime and
he is guilty of the crime, the guilty one
must pay the consequence," Jahoor said.
At funeral of murder victim Vijay Basdeo
Family, friends call for justice
Former PNM energy minister
Conrad Enill is being eyed as a
potential candidate by the Unit-
ed National Congress (UNC)
for its 2015 re-election bid.
Well-placed sources within
the party said that Enill s name
had come up in campaign strat-
egy meetings as a possible can-
didate who would be integral to
the party s energy plans should
they be re-elected.
According to party sources,
the UNC is considering
approaching Enill with the offer
of a "safe seat" on the party s
2015 general election slate.
This week, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar opened
nominations for all 41 con-
stituencies and scores of poten-
tial candidates, including chut-
ney star Ramrajee Prabhu,
collected their forms.
For the past few years, Enill
has been out of the political
limelight, only surfacing briefly
to make public comments on
energy-related issues, especially
the impact of falling global oil
and gas prices on the T&T econ-
Contacted by the Sunday
Guardian for comment, the for-
mer minister, who was appoint-
ed under the Patrick Manning
regime and demitted office when
the PNM lost power in 2010 to
the People s Partnership, said
he had no idea that the UNC
was considering him as a can-
Enill, asked if he would con-
sider accepting a UNC offer, said
"I do not know because I don t
know. I have things that I am
working on right now, things
that are very important to me."
Enill said it was easily recog-
nised that he had not been
involved in "any political activ-
ities at this time. I am busy
teaching and doing some other
Pressed on whether he would
consider a return to frontline
electoral politics, Enill said, "I
have not considered those things
at this point in time because I
have been away for the last five
Party sources also indicated
that the UNC was experiencing
a "youth upsurge" with young
members signalling their inten-
tion to offer themselves as
potential candidates for the gen-
Just this week, former judge
and temporary government sen-
ator Larry Lalla collected his
nomination form to offer himself
as a possible candidate.
Other youth members con-
sidering contesting seats are
UNC Youth Arm chairman
Nicholas Morris, Arnold Ram,
Ambassador Neil Parsan, and
party chairman Khadijah
Shane Mohammed, UNC
international relations officer,
has also collected his form to be
screened for the Princes Town
EBC puts its
house in order
...speculation rife election will
be held September 7 or 14
UNC eyes Enill for safe seat
Lolita Basdeo, right, weeps for her son Vijay Basdeo. Her daughter in-law Feroza Mohammed, left, mourns her husband during the
funeral service at their home in Claxton Bay, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is yet to
announce the date for the 2015 general election, but
the Elections and Boundaries Commission has started
putting its house in order.
The commission has started recruiting staff for elec-
tion day and is hoping to hire 14,000 personnel.
Speculation is rife that the Prime Minister will
announce the eagerly awaited election date on May
24 when the People s
Partnership holds its
grand fifth anniver-
sary celebrations at
Several dates are
being bandied about in political circles, among them
September 7 and September 14.
Yesterday, Dominic Hinds, EBC s corporate com-
munications manager, confirmed that the commission
has begun training its internal staff in preparation for
the election bell s tolling.
This week, the EBC published advertisements calling
on citizens interested in working for election day to
collect application forms for polling day staff positions,
which include presiding officers, returning officers
Hinds, in an email to the Sunday Guardian, said
"the procedure is a normal practice conducted by EBC
prior to any elections."
He said the EBC expected to have approximately
14,000 people assigned to the various polling stations
throughout the country on polling day.
"Preceding this, though, persons will have to undergo
a series of training (about five days) and then complete
an assessment examination. Thereafter the final selec-
tion of polling day staff will be determined," he said.
The EBC, he said, had not been informed of the
election date, but was putting procedures in place for
the proroguing of Parliament on June 17.
After that, the Government has 90 days to call an
election and the EBC, Hinds said, required a minimum
of 35 days for the preparation of any election.
Hinds also said the redesign of the EBC s new web-
site, which will be an interactive platform with the
capability to deliver real-time election day results,
would be ready in the next couple of weeks.
"We are presently working on its final phase with
the developers," Hinds added. (RR)
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