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Woodland pensioner Kamla Singh has
been waiting for five years to plant the rice
fields in front of her home but because of
frequent flooding she has been forced to
abandon her lands.
The frustrated woman is now contem-
plating legal action against the Siparia
Regional Corporation which she blames for
diverting a water course into her private
In an interview yesterday, Singh, of Tenant
Trace, said she has been begging the cor-
poration since 2001 to investigate ad hoc
land development at Pluck Road, San Fran-
cique. She said several of her neighbours had
backfilled the lagoon, blocking the main trib-
utaries which flow into the South Oropouche
River and the New Cut Channel.
Because her house is situated at the bottom
of a hill, all the water has been flowing into
her property. "My house is cracking up. The
drains which run outside my house and my
lagoon lands are clogged and nobody cares
about this," Singh said.
She added in 2010, her two-acre rice fields
were under cultivation. Showing three bags
of rice seeds, Singh said she hoped to plant
the lagoons but that could not be done unless
there was proper drainage.
"The lagoons already have banks but I
cannot plant because of all the water. I cannot
mind my animals. Over the past five years
I had to sell my 13 cows and all of my goats.
I cannot use the land anymore because of
the flooding," Singh added.
She said her concerns had been raised
with Oropouche West MP Stacy Roopnarine,
who in September 2011, wrote to the Siparia
Regional Corporation requesting assistance.
However, Singh said the project was too
costly and could not be undertaken by the
"The councillor told me that the water
has nowhere else to go and it has to flow in
my lagoon but this is unfair," Singh said.
She also contacted Works Minister Dr
Suruj Rambachan but nothing was done.
Singh said she wanted the corporation to
put cylinders alongside Tenant Trace, San
Francique, where a box drain is being con-
"They also need to divert the waterflow
alongside Pluck Road so it can flow in the
river. If this is not done, it will continue to
destroy my lagoon lands. I won t be able to
plant or to use it for the animals," Singh
Contacted yesterday, chairman of the
Siparia Regional Corporation Leo Doodnath
said he was aware of Singh s concerns. How-
ever, he said, he would have to investigate
and comment at a later stage.
Flooding woes hit
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The ongoing general election tracking poll by
the North American Caribbean Teachers Asso-
ciation (NACTA) has revealed a tie in the number
of seats each major party is projected to win.
In a release over the weekend, the NACTA poll
indicated that minor parties were not projected to
win any seat but they may well have an impact on
the outcome of the election if they contest the key
marginal seats that will determine the winner.
According to pollster Dr Vishnu Bisram, the find-
ings show neither major party winning more than
21 seats at this time.
Additionally, if an election were to be held right
now, the ruling People s Partnership (PP) is expected
to hold on to office by a slender one seat victory,
winning a toss up seat by the narrowest of margins.
If the incumbents were not selected as candidates
in two key marginals, and if populist choices are
offered to the electorate, the PP could have a chance
at winning up to 23 seats, with the PNM not making
any further inroads into PP territory.
The poll also found that various factors would
impact the outcome of the election which can go
The projection of seats each party is likely to
win are based on the recent polling of a minimum
of 110 voters in each of the so called marginal con-
stituencies, as well as 1,400 voters nationally based
on the demographics of the population.
The polls on average have found that 28 per cent
of the likely voters were undecided, with none of
the choices appealing to them. But on the basis of
the findings of the polls, assuming the runoff bill
does not come into effect, the PP will wrest the
ILP s sole seat (Chaguanas West) and St Joseph
from the PNM.
However, it is projected that the PP will lose
eight seats to the PNM (Toco/Sangre Grande, Arima,
D Abadie, Lopinot/Bon Air, Tunapuna, San Fernando
West, Tobago East and Tobago West), while the
UNC struggles to hold on to the La Horquetta/Tal-
paro seat to have a 21-20 lead over the PNM.
One month ago, it was a reverse situation with
the PNM leading 21-20.
NACTA found that both parties were struggling
to get 50 per cent of votes in several seats, par-
ticularly the marginals and with the large number
of undecided voters, it remained unclear who would
The poll said any major party that enters into
an alliance with the minor parties could have an
edge in the election by boosting its support.
Also, assuming a multi-party contest without a
runoff, if the minor parties were to pull significant
support from the PP, the PNM could wrest Talparo
and several other seats from the PP, with the latter
not wresting any seat from the former. In such a
scenario, the PNM is likely to form the government
and could win up to 26 seats.
In the multi-party contest without a runoff
clause, the PP is vulnerable in St Joseph, Barataria,
Chaguanas East, Pointe-a-Pierre, Mayaro, Moru-
ga/Tableland, and La Horquetta/Talparo. If the
runoff bill is invoked, the PP is projected to win
18 seats in the first round and an additional seven
seats in the run off for a total of up to 25 seats.
In a runoff election, the PNM is projected to
win 16 seats in the first round and has a good
chance of up to seven additional seats for a total
of 23. The PNM has a better chance of wresting
government from the PP if there is no runoff, the
NACTA poll shows
tight election race
Kamla Singh, of Tennant Trace, Pluck Road, San Francique, shows clogged drains outside her home yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
This caiman managed to sneak into the enclosure for the pedal boat facility at the
Chaguaramas boardwalk on Sunday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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