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A three-member observer team from the Commonwealth
Secretariat has been deployed to T&T this week for a pre-elec-
toral assessment mission, following a request by Prime Minister
A release yesterday from the Office of the Prime Minister con-
firmed that the Commonwealth Secretariat had agreed to deploy
a pre-electoral assessment mission to T&T.
The release said this decision was in response to Persad-
Bissessar s request for regional and international observers at
the September 7 parliamentary elections.
The Prime Minister had indicated her desire for the presence
of a technical team from the Commonwealth Observer Group
when she met with Commonwealth Secretary-General HE
Kamalesh Sharma during the 36th Regular Meeting of the Con-
ference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community
(Caricom) in Bridgetown earlier this month.
The team will be dispatched for the period July 22 to 26 and
comprises Martin Kasirye, adviser and head, Electoral Support
Section; Sarah Linton, political officer, Caribbean and Pacific
Section; and Madonna Lynch, programme assistant.
The release said Persad-Bissessar had reiterated her commitment
to the preservation and development of T&T s democracy and
was determined to maintain the government s history of integrity
Persad-Bissessar congratulated the Commonwealth Secretariat
on celebrating 50 years since its establishment in 1965.
She recognised the institution s enduring history and com-
mitment and promotion of democracy, peace and cooperation,
particularly in developing nations.
A man who is alleged to
be a police officer and has
a "selfie" of himself on a
social website in a homo-
sexual act could face possi-
ble suspension if he is in fact
a police officer.
The photo of the alleged
officer was taken down from
various posts and groups
after being circulated on
Facebook and shared over
The photo has been under
investigation as it is unclear
if the subject is a police offi-
cer.Several members of the
public claimed that the man
was an officer and expressed
surprise at the photo.
Some comments on the
photo said: "I really did not
need to see that." "Gross, is
this for real," "What s wrong
with you?" and "Please!!!!
...... Somebody throw acid in
In an interview yesterday,
Police Service Social and
Welfare Association pres-
ident Insp Anand Rame-
sar said he did not know
the identity of the man.
"I don t recognise
him to be a police offi-
cer and it is discon-
certing for someone to
be purporting them-
selves to be a police
officer and putting
themselves in that
position," he said.
Alleyne said investiga-
tors were attempting to
identify the individual.
"The fact is as an
individual you are sup-
posed to conduct yourselves
in a certain way and with his,
if he is, training as a police
officer he is not supposed to
do that...even in a private
capacity," he said.
Alleyne said the photo was
pornographic and the indi-
vidual could face criminal
"It would be investigated
and it is more or less pornog-
raphy and action could be
taken against him...if
charged, he could be sus-
pended if he is a police offi-
cer," he said.
Alleyne said adults in a pri-
vate capacity could do what-
ever they wanted in their
"It must be kept there and
not exposed all over the
place. You can t tell people
what to do as two adults. It s
all well and good, but don t
put it up all over the place
and on Facebook," he said.
team for T&T
Head of the National Coalition for Transformation
Nalini Dial will be contesting the St Augustine seat in
the upcoming general election.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Dial said she was waiting
for incumbent Prakash Ramadhar to confirm that he would be
contesting the same seat.
"I intend to start my campaign from next week and survey
the area to get a feel from residents on how they were represented
by Prakash Ramadhar and what
they are still lacking and what they
would like to see or if they were
satisfied with his performance," she
Dial said her party was still
screening candidates for five seats
in the East/West corridor.
"We are still screening but we
haven t decided on those seats but
the party has decided that I should
contest the St Augustine seat," she
She said the party was about
transformation and testing the safe
seat concept to see if it was true
and whether either party was assured that they would win a
"We are saying is it because people are voting on race or party
politics? Yet you are willing to re-elect him or her and this culture
is continuing in our voting process and we will never see change,
Dial said the party was about eradicating racism and corrup-
She said her campaign would be based not on racism but
mainly on the integrity of people in public office. (CC)
Nalini Dial eyes
St Augustine seat
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