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United National Congress (UNC) campaign manager
Rodney Charles is confident that the People s Partnership
Government can capture between 25 and 27 seats at
the September 7 polls.
Charles made the comment yesterday hours after he
was selected by the UNC to contest the Naparima seat.
Speaking at Adam Smith Square, Port-of-Spain, where
he continued his Facts on Rowley campaign, Charles said
now that the majority of the PP s slate had been
announced, "We (UNC) are looking to bring home 41
seats, but realistically we are looking at 27 or so seats.
If it goes well a minimum of 25 to 27."
He refused to say which seats they were likely to win
Charles described the UNC and People s National
Movement as chalk and cheese, stating while the UNC
would put someone like him in a safe seat, "the PNM
would put all the East Indians in what I consider marginal
seats in which most of them are going to lose."
A weekly tracking poll conducted by the UNC, Charles
said, showed the PNM s Diego Martin West candidate
Dr Keith Rowley might have a difficult time winning
because of who he was and his lack of vision.
Charles also took jabs at San Fernando West candidate
Faris Al-Rawi who he said was seen as "an elitist and
the perception of entitlement and that he s doing a favour
for San Fernando West." He admitted that "different per-
spectives" were shared between the COP and UNC as
they negotiated candidates, but all in all they had a cordial
and respectful relationship. See Page A19
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RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
The Congress of the People (COP) is about
"serious politics for serious people," says political
leader Prakash Ramadhar.
In his 20-minute feature address at the Pres-
entation of Candidates Rally on Friday at Trinity
College East, he said the country had been
polarised and torn apart by racial elections
in the past and he gave the assurance it
would not happen again.
He said, "That is why we are coming to
you today, with serious politics for serious
people; people who are serious about
the present and the future and serious
about our beloved country."
The COP presented eight candidates.
Ramadhar said voters should look to
those who were the best to run the country,
those who could handle pressure, and not lose
the common touch.
He said, "Look to those who will remain hon-
est, in spite of the temptations to become rich
at the expense of our taxpayers.
"Look to those who take action and will
speak out against injustice, corruption, and
speak out against poor governance without
fear or favour.
"This is not the way to go."
Meanwhile, Dr Rodger Samuel who is seeking
re-election told supporters the party should not
lose any seats.
Samuel said, "Whatever they have to
throw at us, bring it on because we are
He said all gloves were off from Friday night
and "the war is on."
"We must make up our minds that not one of
us must lose.
"We must prove a point to this nation that we
are not losing any seats."
Charles: At least
25 seats for UNC
In selecting the United National Con-
gress (UNC) candidates to contest the
September 7 general election, Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she
made sure every creed and race would be
Calling it the most diverse slate ever pre-
sented for an election, she said tough decisions
had to be made, which saw several favoured
nominees and recent MPs being rejected. As she
announced 23 of the seats at Rienzi Complex,
Couva, on Friday night, she said a few more seats
were being deliberated on ahead of today s presen-
tation of the People s Partnership candidates.
Some candidates, such as outgoing MPs for
Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal; Tabaquite, Dr
Surujrattan Rambachan; Caroni East, Dr Tim
Gopeesingh; and San Juan/Barataria, Dr Fuad Khan,
were given the nod. Meanwhile, former MPs, including
for Oropouche West, Stacy Roopnarine; Naparima,
Nizam Baksh; Mayaro, Winston "Gypsy" Peters; and
Chaguanas East, Stephen Cadiz, were replaced by Vidia
Guyadeen Gopeesingh, Rodney Charles, Roger Morales
and Fazal Karim, respectively.
Acting President Razia Ahmed was chosen to contest
the marginal San Fernando West seat against the PNM s
public relations officer Faris Al-Rawi and Minister of
the People Christine Newallo Hosein will replace former
MP Collin Partap in Cumuto/Manzanilla .
Persad-Bissessar accused the PNM of lacking diversity,
suggesting that certain candidates were selected for seats
they had no chance of winning. She said even Al-Rawi
could not win in San Fernando West. She explained the
reason for the delay in naming candidates was because
many people had been nominated and it took a lot of
time. Although many of the rejected candidates and
their supporters left dejectedly, she said all must look
at the bigger picture. See Page A19
PM on candidates:
Every creed and
COP's political leader Prakash Ramadhar greets
supporters during the party's presentation of its
candidates at Trincity, on Friday night.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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