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for 17TH AUGUST, 2015
The Independent Liberal Party is claim-
ing discrimination and bias after one of
their general election candidates, Hayden
Borrell, was denied the opportunity to file
his nomination for the constituency of
This was one of two situations which
slightly disrupted the otherwise smooth
running of events on Nomination Day yes-
terday. In the other incident, a United
National Congress candidate had to prove
he did not have dual citizenship after
rumours began spreading that he did.
The ILP was hoping to put forward 29
candidates for the September 7 general elec-
tions, but due to Borrell s rejection only 28
were able to file nomination papers to
become eligible to contest the election.
But the party is claiming that the returning
officer for the constituency of Tabaquite
Carol Dyal, who also serves as the chief
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corpo-
ration (CTTRC), breached Borrell s consti-
tutional rights by through her action and
plans to challenge the decision.
Party member Sunil Ramjitsingh, who
successfully filed his papers, said last night
that they were in the process of drafting a
letter to send to the Chief Elections Officer
on the matter.
Earlier in a press release, ILP leader Jack
Warner said they would also be formally
lodging their objections against Dyal and
Warner said Dyal refused to accept the
nomination papers of Borrell, who turned
up at the EBC office at the CTTRC, alongside
the party s general secretary Indra Maraj,
his elections agent Sandy Himraj and a Jus-
tice of the Peace around 2.45 pm, some 15
minutes before the deadline for nomina-
Warner said Dyal was informed that Bor-
rell was on his way and would arrive in the
building shortly. He said the ILP officials
were allowed entry to the returning officers
office and Dyal began the process of scru-
tinising the documents well before the 3
pm deadline. He said Borrell arrived in Dyal s
office at 2.57 pm, but Dyal said by her time
it was 3.04 pm and stopped the process.
"The ILP is not surprised by the discrim-
ination and bias displayed by Mrs Dyal, as
her conduct and competence as CEO of the
CTTRC have been brought under heavy
scrutiny by the ILP s two aldermen in the
CTTRC---Aldermen Sunil Ramjitsingh and
Beeran Rambaran---over the last 21 months,"
He said Ramjitsingh and Rambaran have
been querying the management of the
administration of the CTTRC, of which Dyal
is the chief accounting officer, adding that
scrutiny may have sparked yesterday s action.
"It should also be noted that the two ILP
Aldermen caused the Ministry of Local Gov-
ernment to block the CEO, Mrs Dyal, other
members of administration and other mem-
bers of council from holding a $300,000
retreat in Tobago earlier this year---the second
such attempt in less than ten months which
would have brought the total spent on retreats
to over half a million dollars," he said.
"Under these circumstances, the ILP is
not surprised at Mrs Dyal s display of bias
and breaching of the constitutional rights
of Mr Borrell.
"The ILP will be exploring all of our legal
options in this matter, starting with the
laying of a formal complaint with Elections
and Boundaries Commission."
Congress of the People supporters poke fun at People's National Movement supporters while both groups were offering support to
candidates filing nomination papers for the September 7 general elections in the Arima constituency yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Returning officers under scrutiny as...
'Late' ILP man's
Tobago has been abuzz for the last couple
weeks after advertisements were heard on
electronic media about an upcoming new
product which would portray the pulse of the
That product is Tobago Today, a new weekly
newspaper published by Guardian Media Ltd,
which hits the streets today.
The paper is headed by Editor Camille Mc
Eachnie and is based at the Tomco Building,
Plymouth Road, Scarborough.
It costs $1 but today s first edition will be
The paper s goal is to give Tobagonians a
fresh new voice by presenting issues affecting
the island in a way never done before.
Mc Eachnie and her homegrown team of
journalists will be traversing the length and
breath of the island to ensure all issues---in cul-
ture, education, the economy, health and sports
to name a few---are covered from a Tobago per-
So Tobago look out---Tobago Today will be
in your community soon.
GET IT RIGHT
An article in yesterday's edition gave the
impression that United National Congress
candidate for Mayaro, Rushton Paray, had
appeared in a video on social media
criticising the party. It was in fact Roger
Morales, who was initially named as the
candidate, who appeared in that video. Our
apologies to Mr Paray.
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