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Former head of the
public service Reginald
Dumas is blaming polit-
ical interference for the
the collapse of the
He said that in response
to questions at yesterday s
launch of a new pressure
group, Resett 1962, to
mobilise citizens to ensure
there is a meaningful
process towards partici-
Dumas said the new
initiative was a long-term
one to give citizens more
involvement in the gov-
ernance of the country.
"It is a long-term thing.
It is not tied to the general
election on September 7.
It is tied to the improve-
ment of the level of edu-
cation and information in
the society so that people
could make the proper
choices down the road,"
On Friday, President
Anthony Carmona was
effectively stopped by
Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley from
appointing two new
members to the commis-
That as Rowley wrote
to Carmona claiming
there was no effective
consultation with him on
Under the Constitution,
the President must con-
sult with the Opposition
Leader and the Prime
Minister on such appoint-
ments. Carmona has
deferred the appointments
of the two new nominees
and has given Rowley until
June 22 to respond.
One of the vacancies
was created after deputy
chairman Justice Sebas-
tian Ventour resigned
after a May 19 press
Dumas blames politics for
collapse of Integrity body
The Opposition People s National
Movement (PNM) tomorrow will
hold its first public meeting since
the September 7 general election date
was announced by the Prime Min-
ister last week.
Venue is at Piggott s Corner, Bel-
mont, from 7.30 pm. The venue has
been a traditional site for PNM meet-
PNM general secretary Ashton Ford
also said the party was holding an
internal meeting to decide on a date
this week for screening nominees for
Chaguanas East, the last seat in which
PNM has to put a candidate in place.
PNM s other 40 candidates have
been campaigning since last year after
the party began selecting candidates
in seats since last September.
The United National Congress
(UNC), the majority coalition partner
of the People s Partnership (PP) Gov-
ernment, held its campaign launch
at UNC s Rienzi Complex headquar-
ters, Couva, last night.
The party is expected to hold week-
ly Monday night forums until screen-
ing of its nominees are completed,
officials said. Nominations of potential
candidates have been extended to June
26.UNC so far has received over 500
nominees, UNC general secretary Dave
Tancoo said yesterday, adding: "It s
been going very well and from the
rate of receipt, I can safely say we
expect a boost in nominations closer
to the deadline."
Congress of the People (COP)
chairman Jamison Bahadur said the
party s strategy team was meeting
last night to finalise its negotiating
team to meet with the UNC and other
PP units on selection of candidates.
He said the COP had received nom-
ination forms from 37 people to date.
However, Tunapuna MP Winston
Dookeran, unlikely to contest, is
expected to speak about his future
very soon, sources said.
Independent Liberal Party politi-
cal leader Jack Warner said yesterday
he would launch his second candidate
for La Brea at a meeting there on
Thursday. His first candidate---Nigel
Reyes for Lopinot---was announced
at a meeting in that area last week.
Warner said he will also be speaking
at a meeting in San Fernando West
Meanwhile, the Alliance of Inde-
pendents will meet this week to
finalise which seats, about 12, it
intends to contest and will launch its
policies, focusing heavily on a national
security thrust, on June 23.
A motorcade is also planned from
Diego Martin to Arima as part of its
release was issued by the
commission claiming the
Emailgate probe was
being discontinued for
lack of evidence.
Ventour was sharply
critical of his former col-
leagues, saying the probe
had not been completed
as all the information
needed had not been
member, Dr Shelly Anne
Lalchan, also resigned
after the press release
was issued but stated her
decision was based on
Questioned about per-
ceived failure of such
bodies to function effec-
tively in the past years,
Dumas said: "There is
wrong with the institu-
tions (but) there may be
the need for some
changes or amend-
He said the problems
were caused by "political
interference" and com-
missioners "who are not
perhaps as strong as one
might like them to be."
He said such open
challenges by members
of a commission would
not have happened in the
past because the mem-
bers were stronger and
"It is the way the
institutions have been
handled and have been
allowed to be handled by
a lot of us over the years,"
Dumas also took issue
with the recent Petrotrin
advertisement in which
a member of the com-
mission, Deonarine Jag-
"How can a member
of the Integrity Commis-
whose executives have to
submit their declarations
to that very commission
of which he is a member.
Where have we gone?"
The ad has since been
pulled after Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley
raised objections. Jagger-
nauth, a former employee
of Petrotrin, had endorsed
the company in the ad.
F me head f he ublic e ice Regi ald Duma , ce e, cha i h e a e
c lum i Michael Ha i a d D Me le H dge f ll i g he lau ch f e u e g u ,
Re e 9 2, a H el N ma die, S A ' , ye e day. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
PNM at Piggott's
Fo me head of he p blic e ice
Reginald D ma belie e he 5
gene al elec ion campaign will be he
na ie and mo icio in T&T hi o .
He aid ha in e pon e o q e ion
d ing e e da la nch of a new
p e e g o p, called Re e 96 , a
Ho el No mandie, S Ann .
He added: "I i going o be he na ie
elec ion campaign ha hi co n will
e e ha e een.
"Thi one i going o be pa ic la l
icio and na . I i no going o be
plif ing a all, I eg e o a . Thi doe
no help he co n .
He aid he na and icio campaign
ha al ead a ed "and i will onl ge
The g o p objec i e i o c ea e
and fo e a pla fo m fo he
de elopmen , di c ion and
di emina ion of idea and opinion
owa d :
Inc ea ing commi men among all
o ci i en o he p inciple of
pa icipa o go e nance.
Ad oca ing fo he de elopmen of
poli ical, ocial and economic
in i ion oo ed in he p inciple of
pa icipa o go e nance.
In i ing ha o go e nmen
e pec he p inciple of pa icipa o
go e nance in hei e pec i e polic -
making and implemen a ion.
OBJECTIVE OF GROUP
ILP' ca dida e f L i /B Ai ,
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