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RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley will donate his "entire" first
month s salary to the Balisier
This fund is for the reconstruc-
tion of Balisier House.
The announcement was made
by Rowley at the People's National
Movement's (PNM) Eighth Gen-
eral Council meeting at Balisier
House, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The Prime Minister's salary is
$48,000. In addition, the Prime
Minister receives $7,500 duty
allowance and $5,550 transport
allowance. He also gets a $36,000
cash travel grant, and a maximum
motor vehicle loan for $350,000
at six per cent interest, as well as
a motor repair loan of $20,000
at six per cent.
This is according to the Salaries
Review Commission of July 2009.
In June, former prime minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she
had donated over $200,000 from
her own salary to the Children's
Life Fund over the past five years.
During her tenure as prime min-
ister, Persad-Bissessar had been
donating ten per cent of her
salary, while her ministers donated
five per cent.
Yesterday, party chairman
Franklyn Khan, now Minister of
Rural Development and Local
Government, spoke to journalists
after the meeting and shared this
It was the party's first meeting
since emerging victorious in the
September 7 general election.
Khan said, "The Prime Minister
also announced, to the applause
of the general council, that he will
be donating his entire first
month's salary as Prime Minister
to the building.
"That's quite a lot of money,
by the way."
Deputy political leader, policy,
Rohan Sinanan will head the Bal-
Khan said reconstruction
should start in 2016. He said there
were design options available and
depending on the "quantum" of
money raised, a design would be
selected. He said, "We still have
pride as the only political party
that has a home, because every-
body else is renting and I must
go on record to say that the UNC
is a tenant or a squatter at Rienzi
Complex which belongs to the All
Sugar and General Workers' Trade
"We have our Balisier House."
Although the building is in a
"semi-poor state," Khan said, the
historical architecture would be
He said, "We plan to construct
a brand new headquarters for the
People's National Movement
starting from next year."
T&T Guardian files stated that
Balisier House was acquired
sometime in 1959 and became
the party's headquarters in 1960,
one year before the general elec-
tion of 1961.
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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley Party chairman Franklyn Khan
Despite being granted leave by the
High Court to challenge the election
results of six United National Con-
gress (UNC) seats, former attorney
general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
is maintaining that there is "no legal
basis" under the Constitution for this
matter to succeed.
Yesterday, Maharaj spoke about Jus-
tice Mira Dean-Armorer's decision,
stating that even though leave was
granted "the court can still dismiss it
as an abuse of process."
Maharaj said when a court grants
leave, arguments are heard and detailed
facts presented on both sides.
He said people were granted leave
to either apply for judicial review or
file an election petition.
"When the judge sees all the facts
and listens to both sides, he could find
there is no basis for it. One must
always remember that under the Rep-
resentation of the People Act, for an
election petition to succeed, the person
who files the petition must convince
the court that the election results
would have been different, if the
impugned action did not occur."
Maharaj said he had no doubt that
"the court would rule against the
Maharaj drew reference to a 2000
election petition filed by the PNM,
arguing that the UNC's Winston Peters
and William Chaitan were citizens of
the United States and Canada, respec-
tively, when they filed their nomina-
tions papers to contest the general
"I was the attorney general at that
time. I can tell the population that
these election petitions would not suc-
AND RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Political analyst Dr Indira Ramper-
sad says Friday s granting of leave by
the High Court to the United National
Congress (UNC) to challenge the
results in six seats which it contested
in the general election will set "a his-
torical precedent in this country and
"I am not sure what will be the out-
come of this case. It has to go through
the court's process," Rampersad said
yesterday. However, political analyst
Maukesh Basdeo said, "It is really the
interpretation of the law itself, whether
the EBC had the powers to extend the
voting time. The real determination is
in the interpretation of the law. The
EBC is making the claim that it had
the right to do so." SEE PAGE 11
No legal basis under Constitution
for matter to succeed---Ramesh
Analysts weigh in on High Court's decision
on general election results in six seats...
It's up to the rule of law
The People s National Movement
(PNM) says it is not unduly perturbed
by the ruling on the general election
by a High Court judge on Friday.
In fact, PNM chairman Franklin Khan
said the party's lawyers indicated that
the UNC did not stand a chance of
victory, "but it is the law." He called it
"What they are doing is challenging
the victory of the PNM candidates."
He said the UNC was trying to avoid
the radar about its internal troubles.
Khan said, "You have a leader there
who has lost five consecutive elections
now...that is their story. We will focus
on governing this country in a fair and
equitable manner." Khan was respond-
ing to questions by the media after the
PNM held its Eighth General Council
meeting at Balisier House in Port-of-
Spain, yesterday. He said, "You can go
through the route of an election petition
which they have been granted leave to
Obviously, once due process has
started, we have no comments to make.
"It is largely a matter between the UNC
and the EBC, whether they acted within
their remit and their jurisdiction. "How-
ever, because the petition is specific to
six constituencies, our MPs will be
party to the petition."
Ronald Huggins is new PNM PRO
Meanwhile, Ronald Huggins is now
the PRO of the PNM. He has replaced
Faris Al-Rawi, who resigned from the
position. Huggins, who comes from
the St Joseph constituency, will hold
the post until the party's election in
UNC's fight for six seats will flop---Khan
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