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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Peter Amann, chairman of the Democratic Devel-
opment Party (DDP), will be running as candidate
for the electoral district of D Abadie/O Meara.
This is the only seat the DDP will be contesting in
the upcoming general election on September 7.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Amann said the
party has received the support of the community.
"With no corporation funding we are doing quite
well and with good grassroots support for the party.
The not-so-affluent communities are giving us good
support which accounts for more than 60 per cent
of the voters. The people say the PNM did nothing
for years in this constituency and the COP took the
money and run," he said. Amann said he could have
sided with other parties but was disenchanted.
"I went to see about the water and roads and I was
told by the PNM that this matter was too small. That s
the PNM s response. The COP started off well and
got involved in other matters," he said.
He said he decided to go with a party that did not
have mismanagement and corruption. He said there
is a complete legislative agenda that the DDP would
like to propose when or if they got into office. "With
any party or parties we form an alliance with. Most
of our strategies are towards poverty alleviation," he
said. Amann said the DDP wanted to change the
WASA Act of 1965 and provide water 24/7 for citizens.
"They say that but are not interested in supplying it."
He said he majored in water treatment as a food
technologist and citizens should have water in the taps
24 hours a day: "There is no reason to schedule water."
Amann said his organisation wanted to also revive the
Municipal Corporation s Act so they have to provide
pavements everywhere. "We want equality for the
abled and the disabled. We are going to change this
because they are discriminated against when it comes
to getting a driver s licence and the Insurance Act."
The area runs north at Samaroo Village, east on
the Crossing Tumpuna Road, south is Caroni River,
and bordered by Red Hills and the Maloney Housing
and the Churchill Roosevelt at Mausica Road.
Political leader of the party Harold Learmond-Criqui
said: "We are not a two-party State, we are only con-
testing one seat. When you look at the amount of
money that is spent or half of it, it is too obscene.
There are people who are struggling to put bread on
the table. We will build by 2020 and we are there to
steward or lead the party hopefully." Learmond-Criqui
said parties spend an estimated $50 million or $300
collectively on their election campaigns. He said this
money is spent on food, lighting equipment for events,
T-Shirts, flags and advertisements on the television
or radio. He said it was unfortunate that there are
people like Paul Rudder who is living in three 400-
gallon water tanks on a piece of land at Embacadere,
Learmond-Criqui said he was not a politician but
when he saw the state of the country he decided to
form a party. "Living that way is not something we
should do. The rivers are full of bush and clogged in
Diego Martin. What is Dr Rowley (Keith Rowley Oppo-
sition Leader) going to say? He is not going to do any-
thing. Fifty-two years of governance and we are in a
state of degradation and squalor," he said. He said
there is no lighting or steps for residents to climb to
reach their homes at Mercer Road in Diego Martin.
"It is just an eroded piece of rock with bamboo that
they have to climb. That is why I got into politics. I
can t stand by while they steal our progress, our her-
itage, our opportunities. There are good people here
who want to work. It is always a struggle, a queue
and nothing is being done.
Learmond-Criqui said there were traffic problems,
no ramps for the handicapped and vines growing over
New party eyes
electricity lines in the Diego Martin community.
"When is the progress going to come? Where is it?
Don t you think we waited long enough?" He said the
government was taking long to build houses when
they already have land available citing the land in the
back of Powder Magazine in Cocorite. Learmond-
Criqui said we should come together as a people and
fight for our country and get the citizens behind it. Harold Learmond-Criqui
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