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The constituency of Lopinot/ Bon Air West
was one of five to be configured in 2004 fol-
lowing the 18-18 deadlock. Since then it has
seen two elections and has been equally held
by the PNM and PP. It was won by the PNM s
Neil Parsanlal in 2007 and by the PP s Dr
Lincoln Douglas in 2010.
Visits to the constituency yielded a clarion
call for proper representation.
Comments like, "Government come, gov-
ernment go, PNM or UNC, it's just like before,
Sookdaya Sookraj Borneo said, "Well, we
don't see that man since we vote for him...
I could tell you that."
John Lewis told us the MPs have not lived
up to their promises, he has been born and
bred in the constituency and this has been a
major concern for him.
"The people were never represented polit-
ically, they never did nothing for the con-
stituency," he said.
John told us he has seen little infrastructural
development and with a sitting MP who is
also Minister of Culture, they had much higher
"They made a lot of promises on the cam-
paign trail just like the present regime, Kamla
Persad-Bissessar making promises to get
He is one of the many electors whose vote
lies in the balance.
"I switch my vote; several times I switch,"
he said, adding he last swung to the Partnership
"The country at that time was saying change
and I decide to go down that road, that is why
I vote for Lincoln Douglas," Lewis explained.
But asked if he was delivered the change
he expected five years later he said, "I still on
the same level, I still have to go and look for
it when the day come."
And the decision on who to vote for is now
left up to his gut.
For Lewis, one who may be described as
the marginal voter, his decision is made on
the day, depending on "how he felt."
But for other residents, like Kurt, their vote
is based on issues.
"The Government, when they assumed
office on May 24th 2010, the then CEO of
WASA, who is now minister of Water
Resources, said water for all... and that hasn't
It's a daily hassle for him to get about his
routine, "to cook I go to waterloo road fill two
or three five gallon containers of water and
that is what I cook with."
He has not had water running through his
pipes for the past two months, Kurt said.
"We aren't even getting the amount of
truckborne water. They are giving 200 gallons
- that is quarter tank if you have a 800 gallon
And if he desperately wants water without
the hassle of making a half-hour trek, he said
he purchases water from water contractors.
He said his plight has fallen on deaf ears
and it's for this reason he sees his vote as his
"Election is coming just now, you will see
the both parties, the PNM and the UNC, come
bearing gifts. But I have said in no uncertain
terms, this household will not be voting. We
are holding back our vote."
That's six electors from his household deter-
mined to make a statement.
Another resident, Sookdaya Sookraj Borneo,
has been living in the constituency for the
past 46 years. She tells us much has changed.
"Long time it was pure gardening. Now
young people more outside, they not gardening
as much as long time," she said.
And with this shift in lifestyle and the evo-
lution of everyday life, Borneo says develop-
ment in her constituency has been at a stand-
"The only development I see is the tourist
board open up the heritage site so more people
coming in the area."
She gets water twice a week so she has gone
from two to five water tanks just to get her
household of six by each week.
"Long time we had outdoor toilet, so you
was not using that amount of water. Now its
washing machine and indoor plumbing so it's
more water using. Nobody washing clothes
by river again," Borneo rationalised.
She explained that the area had long been
a PNM stronghold because of representation
and not race.
"Long time we had a good representative
with the PNM's Jarette Narine. He really help
the village plenty with PNM so everybody
used to vote for him."
Friday, June 5, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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