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Neither the People s Partnership nor
the Opposition People s National
Movement (PNM) enjoys a significant
advantage over the other in terms of
popular political support or seats pro-
jected to win.
This is according to the findings of
an ongoing tracking opinion poll being
conducted by the North American
Caribbean Teachers Association (Nacta)
and organised by Dr Vishnu Bisram.
Nacta, through a media release, said
the election (based on its intercept con-
tact polling thru July 10) "is very tight
and can swing either way in a narrow
victory by one or two seats."
It pointed out that in terms of popular
support nationally, the PNM and the
PP are polling 34 per cent, Independent
Liberal Party four per cent, Third Force
Movement two per cent, Movement for
Social Justice two per cent, and Unde-
cided 24 per cent.
"Based on these numbers, it would
seem that whatever alliance is formed
among the various parties could deter-
mine the outcome of the elections espe-
cially in the critical marginals," the release
It added that the minor parties---ILP,
MSJ, recently formed Third Force Move-
ment, and others---are not projected to
win a single seat, "but could impact the
outcome of the elections in all the mar-
ginal constituencies as they dent into
the traditional support base of the two
Within the PP, the release said, "the
COP and NJAC also have miniscule sup-
port and should they decide to contest
the elections on their own, they will not
win any seat and are likely to lose their
deposits in virtually every seat."
Voters expressed disappointment in
the COP, in particular, with many who
voted COP in 2007 and 2010 saying
they would not vote if the COP put up
a candidate in their constituencies, the
In St Joseph, Vasant Bharath is the
overwhelming favourite over Christine
Newallo-Hosein and others in terms of
a preferred candidate.
Larry Lalla is the preferred choice in
Tunapuna, although some voters also
say they want Bharath. The PNM s can-
didate, Esmond Ford, is very popular
among voters of all ethnicities. In La
Horquetta/Talparo, incumbent Jairam
Seemungal is the favourite.
"In San Fernando West, the over-
whelming majority reject incumbent
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan with many
traditional UNC supporters saying they
will not vote if a COP candidate were
to contest the seat for the partnership,"
the release said.
On Friday, Seepersad-Bachan
announced that she would not be con-
testing her seat in the 2015 election.
In Pointe-a-Pierre, the release said,
the majority felt Errol Mcleod should
call it a day. Voters are also displeased
with representation in Mayaro, but it is
Incumbent Moruga/Tableland MP
Clifton De Coteau is the preferred choice
for that seat. However, in Batararia, chal-
lenger Sadro Mohammed is giving
incumbent Dr Fuad Khan some com-
petition, though there is little danger
the seat will change party hands regard-
less of candidate selection, the poll
Nacta: Election a toss up
CARe (Community Action
Resource) programme coordina-
tor David Soomarie says health
caregivers and people living with
HIV (PLHIV) want answers to
the ongoing shortages of drugs,
tests and leadership in the HIV
He was speaking at a press con-
ference hosted by NGOs at the
Medulla Art Gallery, on Fitt Street,
"There is a shortage of HIV
medications at the clinic and
patients are not getting their reg-
"If you were getting a three-
month supply before, now you re
getting one month s supply.
"In addition they re switching
the medications to substitute for
those that they don t have.
"Some patients have experi-
enced side effects and they re not
explaining it to them."
He said there were also con-
cerns about patients not bing able
to monitor their health in terms
of their CD4 (T-cell test) and viral
Soomarie said having to replen-
ish their medication monthly
placed more stress upon patients
because they had to take time off
from work and wait for five hours
to be attended.
He said some were also fearful
that their boss found out about
their HIV status.
Soomarie said this spoke to a
lack of leadership for HIV
response as there had not been
any national leadership since 2010
on the issue.
He said CARe and the other
NGOs wanted better leadership
and accountability from leaders
in the HIV response.
Dr Miriam Chipimo, UNAIDS
Strategic Intervention adviser
spoke on the National Health Card
and its implications for people
who were migrants their access
to treatments or medications for
HIV may be put in jeopardy.
HIV patients face
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