Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 14th 2015 Contents YVONNE WEBB
"Let politicians work for your votes if they
That is the advice from former Oropouche West
MP Mickela Panday.
She also called on potential voters "to move past
blind political affiliation, colour, creed, class and
race and step forward and be counted."
At the Citizens s Intervention first town meet-
ing at Plaisance Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, last
Thursday she urged the audience to come
together and make a stand.
"We need to stand together and let our
it s just a
faint noise in
ness. We need
to say when
enough... If you
want our vote you
have to work for
it. "The younger
Panday, noted that
people were echoing
the same sentiments of
worry, fear, disenchantment, hopelessness, helplessness
and distrust in our politicians and our system of gov-
ernance, "regardless of which political party you sup-
port, where you live, your race, your age or your gen-
"We have come to realise the light we saw at the
end of the tunnel in 2010 was actually a train coming
towards us," she said.
Arguing for political and constitutional reform she
said the first-past-the-post or winner-take-all system
had failed as it promoted and supported voting based
"Too often, we have seen what can only be described
as tactical voting. Where voters have an incentive to
vote for one of the two candidates they predict are
most likely to win, even if they would prefer another
of the candidates to win, because a vote for any other
candidate will likely be wasted and have no impact
on the final result.
"But perhaps the most undemocratic feature of the
first-past-the-post system of voting is when it fails
to give citizens choice," she added.
She said that system tended to reduce the number
of viable political parties contesting a general election,
making it more likely that a single party will hold a
majority of legislative seats preventing the voter from
having any meaningful way of expressing a dissenting
opinion through his or her vote.
"And unfortunately as fewer choices are offered to
the voters, voters may vote for a candidate with whom
they largely disagree with so as to oppose a candidate
with whom they disagree with even more. And this
is the juncture I believe we have arrived at in our
country," she noted.
For this reason, she said, she was disappointed to
see the emergence of the Third Force Movement "who
were part and parcel of the same government they are
now asking us to vote against."
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Land poachers are becoming more
boldfaced with their criminal enter-
prise as they continue to cheat
Caroni workers of their promised
So said Minister of Land and
Marine Resources Jairam Seemungal
at a lease distribution ceremony at
the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of
Commerce, Couva, last Thursday.
Even though the ministry has continued
to appeal to Caroni workers to exercise care,
Seemungal said the land poachers have continued
They have eluded the police and have con-
tinued to misrepresent the State by claiming
to be state officials, Seemungal said.
He again warned former Caroni workers
to be wary of the "poachers" posing as
that a lot
sell their lands.
"We have a lot of
real estate agents
who have new real
with respect to
When you go to the papers in the classified
ads, you will see that they want Caroni lands
to buy," Seemungal said.
He warned the former workers not to sell
"This is why I continue with that appeal to
the Caroni workers to be careful.
"Some of them are going so far to say that
they are acting on behalf of the minister or
acting on behalf of the Commissioner of State
Land s office or acting on behalf of the State
and we have no such agents or people acting
on behalf of the State to buy any lands," Seemu-
Yesterday s function was attended by hun-
dreds of former Caroni workers and their fam-
ilies who have been waiting for more than 12
years to receive their lands.
Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Land and Marine Resource Sheryl Ann
Haynes also advised the former Caroni workers
who receive leases under the VSEP programme
to encourage their children to apply for land.
"While you receive your leases today, encour-
age your children 18 years and over who may
be landless to also apply to land for the landless,"
Currently the programme has over 10,000
applicants and Haynes said over 1,000 people
had already been approved.
She said 2,872 former workers have received
residential lands while over 6,000 people had
received agricultural lands.
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