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The Opposition People s National
Movement (PNM) said yesterday s "dry
run" test for next Monday s Nomination
Day exercise, went more smoothly than
it has ever done for elections.
PNM general secretary Ashton Ford con-
firmed the situation after PNM candidates
and their agents submitted their documents
to Election and Boundaries Commission
Returning Officers, across T&T, practising
for next Monday s Nomination Day exer-
EBC chief elections office Ramesh Nanan
also confirmed the test run had gone well.
"No problems were reported by our return-
ing officers so we are optimistic things will
also go well for next Monday s official exer-
In next Monday s Nomination Day exer-
cise candidates who are contesting the
September 7 general election will have to
present their nomination documents to
EBC s returning officers at the 41 EBC offi-
cers throughout T&T. PNM general sec-
retary Ford said agents of PNM s 41 can-
didates and a number of candidates as well,
went to offices of returning officers yes-
terday. "From all our reports the returning
officers were all very, very co-operative
and I think for the first time, I have to say
a Nomination Day dry run went so smooth-
ly."UNC St Joseph candidate Vasant Bharath
said he didn t personally go to file papers
in the test run but his campaign manager
would have gone and he expected the same
would apply to the other 11 UNC candi-
dates. The governing People s Partnership
coalition, of which the UNC is a part, still
has to complete naming candidates for 29
constituencies. UNC and Congress of the
People (COP) officials were due to complete
negotiation on seat allocation by tomorrow,
sources said. The COP has named can-
didates for nine seats. Last Saturday COP
issued a statement saying Hamlyn Jailal
was recommended for the Tunapuna seat
and he had accepted. COP had half a dozen
candidates for the seat including its chair-
man, Jamieson Bahadur.
UNC s Rienzi Complex head office yes-
terday confirmed Jailal was the chairman
of UNC s Tunapuna unit, heightening spec-
ulation that he is the choice of both the
COP and UNC for that seat.
However, UNC campaign manager Rod-
ney Charles said yesterday that parties were
putting forward names and candidates were
tentative, therefore the official slate would
be announced at Sunday s People s Part-
nership rally at a venue yet to be finalised.
Neither UNC nor COP have named a
selection for the key marginal seat of San
Fernando West, now held by the COP.
UNC deputy leader Roodal Moonilal said
a San Fernando West candidate would be
announced "very soon..."
COP s executive summoned a strategy
meeting last night, COP officials confirmed.
Yesterday several high-level UNC officials
conceded the slow pace at which candidates
are being announced was worrying some
supporters, including some top activists in
But they maintained the PP "has its
strategies and was confident its candidate
line-up when announced, would resonates
with the electorate."
They assured that the PP would present
its full line up of candidates at Sunday s
The Tobago Organisation of the People
(TOP), another coalition member of the
People s Partnership, also changed its initial
selection for Tobago East from incumbent
Vernella Alleyne-Toppin to Joseph Fred-
ericks, a teacher.
TOP also has Natasha Second, a teacher,
for Tobago West.
Last Friday Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar said the coalition was deciding
between two locations for Sunday s rally.
Sources said yesterday it may be Mid-Cen-
tre Mall, Chaguanas, or another central
Last night the UNC did a series of "Man-
ifesto Monday" meetings in constituencies
to familiarise supporters with the contents
of its 2015 general election manifesto "20
pledges for 2020" which was unveiled last
One week before Nomination Day...
Smooth flow at EBC dry run
Cudjoe: Time for young people to take a stand
It s time to show the nation
woman power, People s National
Movement (PNM) style, says the
party s Tobago West candidate
Cudjoe, addressing party sup-
porters at the PNM s launch of its
Tobago candidates at Market
Square, Scarborough, on Sunday,
was responding to criticisms from
her political opponent that the PNM
was "sending two little girls to Par-
liament." Cudjoe, admitting that
she and Tobago East candidate,
Ayanna Webster-Roy were under
35, said it s time for young people
to get in the driver s seat of the
nation s development.
She said she and Webster-Roy
would be bringing intelligent lead-
ership and sensible representation.
It would no longer be "I have been
told" and "I am advised", she said,
implying a reference to Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Cudjoe and Webster-Roy said
their political rivals for the two
Tobago seats have done little to
advance the island. They said the
Government had treated Tobago
badly over the last five years and
disrespected the Tobago House of
Webster-Roy warned Tobagoni-
ans that however independent the
other parties said they were, what-
ever the colour of their jerseys, they
were all UNC.
Tobago has been run by the
PNM-led Tobago House of Assem-
bly (THA) for the past 15 years and
under a PNM government for most
of that time. During the THA Jan-
uary 2013 general elections, Per-
sad-Bissessar was all but run out
of Tobago when she led the TOP s
campaign on the island. She made
several promises to develop Tobago
and bring internal self governance
to the island. The PNM refused to
support the Government in Par-
liament on the matter because it
was not consulted, it said.
In one instance, the PM was vir-
tually shouted out of a village by
a group of women who told her
they did not want her there. Per-
sad-Bissessar had visited the area
after attending a Sunday morning
church service. Former THA assem-
blyman Hilton Sandy had also said
on the PNM s campaign platform
that a ship from Calcutta was wait-
ing to come to Tobago which some
felt was a racist remark against Indi-
ans. See Page A10
PNM's Diego Martin Central candidate Darryl Smith leaves one
of the EBC's checkpoints at the Diego Martin Central Secondary
School in Diamond Vale, Diego Martin after checking his
documents during yesterday's dry run in preparation for
Nomination Day next Monday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
The T&T electorate, which will be the biggest for the
upcoming election, currently stands at around, 1,099,245,
says EBC CEO Ramesh Nanan.
He said the figure was higher last week, around 1,099,450,
but that had changed as the EBC continued to examine the
list and remove the names of voters who have died.
He said the figure would continue to fluctuate, with a
revised and supplemental list to be done within the next two
weeks, until the list is finalised closer to the election date.
PNM supporters during the party's presentation of it's Tobago
candidates at Market Square, Tobago on Sunday.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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