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...tells supporters how you vote tomorrow will decide your future
PM Kamla offers bag
of election goodies
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar yesterday offered a bag of
pre-election goodies to citizens if
they gave her People's Partnership
Government another five-year term
Some of the promises Persad-
Bissessar said would include the
removal of VAT from utility bills for
170,000 senior citizens, creation of
1,000 jobs, and zero tolerance
towards crime, which she said would
be included in the 2015/2016 People s
Partnership budget presentation for
citizens if re-elected.
The removal of VAT, Persad-
Bissessar said, would save each pen-
sioner an average of $900 per year
on their utility bills.
"We will take a zero tolerance
approach to crime by requiring each
police station to meet specific crime
reduction targets," Persad-Bissessar
said. She said $100 million would
also assist in clearing the backlog of
cases in our justice system.
"We will ensure that judges can
make sure that criminals pay for all
crimes, and the public will feel safer
and more secure in their own com-
Persad-Bissessar said there was
much more to be done, but she need-
ed their vote to continue the task at
hand for the next five years.
She gave the commitment as she
addressed thousands of flag-waving
United National Congress supporters
last night at the party s final rally at
the Aranguez Savannah.
With one day left before voters go
to the polls, Persad-Bissessar urged
party faithful to make the right deci-
sion when they exercised their fran-
"How you vote on Monday will
decide your future, your progress
and that of our nation and children.
At a time of volatile oil prices and
global uncertainty now is not the
time to take the risk of replacing this
Government which has delivered.
Let us put God forward and move
She described the PNM s team as
uncertain, inexperienced, and a party
with no plan.
"Forward ever...Rowley never," Per-
sad-Bissessar shouted as supporters
went into a frenzy.
In the last five years, Persad-
Bissessar said, the country had made
great strides with its infrastructural
development and a strong economy.
Persad-Bissessar said this election
was the most inspiring in her political
career, having met people from every
nook and cranny as they pledged
their support for the party. She said
their gestures brought "tears to my
eyes" and gave her inspiration and
Having struggled as a child in the
rural community of Penal, Persad-
Bissessar said she obtained a sound
education which elevated her out of
poverty and made her the strong
woman she is today.
In 2010, Persad-Bissessar said, she
brought the People s National Move-
ment to its knees mired as it was in
corruption, crime, murders, kidnap-
pings and discrimination.
Persad-Bissessar said before she
became PM, she "took abuse, was
sidelined and many sought to bring
her down," but her life-long motto
to put God in front and walk behind
"I say here this evening that I will
never leave you, not in the worst of
times---I will stay with you in service
until the day when there are no more
days, until I cross the River Jordan,
until the end."
The PM admitted that she faced
many challenges and made some
mistakes "but each time I came back
Among the 2020 promises:
• Removal of VAT from utility bills
• Creation of jobs
• Zero tolerance towards crime
• A tablet for every primary school
• Vouchers for students to obtain
• A laptop for each first-year ter-
• Continue building the Point
Fortin Highway to San Fernando
and Fyzabad, San Fernando to
Mayaro Highway, and construc-
tion of the Port-of-Spain to
Chaguaramas causeway to help
• Construction of transit hubs in
Chaguanas, Arima and St
• A dedicated bus transportation
service for students and indus-
• A dry-docking facility in La Brea
• A medical tourism hospital along
the East-West Corridor
Supporters at PNM's rally at Eddie Hart Grounds,
Tacarigua, yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
UNC supporters at their rally at
Aranguez Savannah, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
A man was yesterday detained at the Peo-
ple's National Movement rally at Eddie Hart
Grounds in Tacarigua after he lit a fire on the
stage, having squirted a liquid substance from
a plastic bottle.
It is alleged that the young man was wearing
a yellow UNC jersey underneath a red PNM
jersey. There were no reports of any injuries.
The fire was quickly extinguished and the rally
continued into the evening. The man was taken
to the Arouca Police Station.
Man held for fi
on PNM stage
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