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Voters in the deep South marginal con-
stituency of Moruga/Tableland have
bucked the trend of recent polls of mar-
ginals, with two-thirds of respondents
saying that they are "likely" or "very likely"
An H.H.B & Associates poll, commis-
sioned by Guardian Media Ltd, found that
only 12 per cent considered themselves
"unlikely" or "very unlikely" to vote.
That is the complete opposite to the pre-
viously sampled constituency, St Joseph,
where a combined 62 per cent were "unlike-
ly" and "very unlikely" to vote.
Moruga/Tableland also bucked the trend
of polls in other marginals, when voters
were asked who they considered "acceptable
as prime minister," or "acceptable with
reservations" or outright "not acceptable."
A total of 40 per cent considered Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar acceptable,
a clear ten-point lead over Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley on 30 per cent.
When asked who they considered accept-
able with reservations, Rowley closed the
gap, suggesting he held a slight lead among
potential voters who would give a candidate
a second look.
A combined 57 per cent considered Per-
sad-Bissessar acceptable and acceptable
with reservations, compared with 52 per
cent for Rowley.
Respondents also favoured the Prime
Minister when they were asked who was
doing a better job---her as prime minister
or Rowley as Opposition Leader---26 per
cent strongly approve of her performance,
compared to 16 per cent for Rowley.
When those who "somewhat approve"
are added, the lead is 51 per cent to 47 per
On the question of who would make the
best prime minister, Persad-Bissessar leads
Rowley 42 per cent to 33 per cent.
However, in a week in which polling coin-
cided with virtual collapse of the Integrity
Commission, the governing party registered
in single digit (seven per cent) when voters
were asked which party was best placed to
The PNM registered 36 per cent but per-
haps as significantly exactly half the voters
thought none of the parties up to the job
of tackling corruption.
The PNM was also ahead of the UNC on
crime (39 per cent to 31 per cent), signif-
icantly ahead on unemployment (29 per
cent to 15 per cent), but significantly behind
on (28 per cent to 10 per cent), though sig-
nificantly, 58 per cent had no confidence
in any of the parties.
In Moruga/Tableland, the pressing local
issue was infrastructure, particularly the
roads in the area. It was the chief concern,
as voted by 63 per cent of respondents.
Unemployment was a concern of 48 per
cent, with governance, rising prices and
moral values in that order.
When asked what they consider to be
the big national issues, crime topped the
list with 92 per cent while corruption was
a distant second on 52 per cent.
Other issues perceived by Moruga con-
stituents to be big national issues were
unemployment, health care and rising prices.
Moruga voters up
for the election
PM leads Rowley in leadership race
Close to $20 million in pharmaceuticals is
being lost annually because of wastage, Gov-
ernment Senator Vasant Bharath says.
There was no shortage of pharmaceuticals,
he said, rather, they were being wasted because
there was no stock-taking system in place at
C 40 in Chaguaramas, where the Health Min-
istry s pharmaceuticals were stored.
"They are stored in corridors, in shacks out
in the rain. It s a complete disaster," Bharath
said, referring to the system that had been in
place for decades.
He said the Health Ministry would soon be
inviting tenders for the construction of a proper
pharmaceutical warehouse facility which recently
was approved by Cabinet.
He said under the new system, a radio fre-
quency would track the movement of the phar-
Bharath said people who were supposed to
account for the pharmaceuticals could not cur-
rently be held accountable because of the lack
of a monitoring system.
As a result, there were major leakages of
pharmaceuticals from C 40, he said.
Bharath was making his contribution to a
motion calling for a review of the regional health
authorities in the Senate yesterday.
In a few weeks, too, the Government will
launch the National Health Card for all citi-
This will greatly enhance the dispensation
of prescription medicine, Bharath said.
The cards will enable the tracking of patients
in any location in a medical emergency, improve
record keeping and reduce the risk of errors
Bharath, comparing the delivery of health
care between the last administration and this
Government, recalled the $584 million cost
overrun on the Scarborough Hospital project.
The PNM began the hospital in 2003 with
$135 million through the Inter-American Devel-
Construction halted in 2006, by which time
the cost had increased to $719 million, he said.
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