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The Movement for Social Justice, the MSJ, will also
be going it alone for the Local Government election.
Political leader David Abdullah confirmed that the
party will not be entering into any alliance for the
In June last year the party said it was interested in
contesting all 137 seats in the 14 regional corporations,
but Abdullah said "while it was our desire to do so
we had to cut our cloth to suit our resources; hence
the decision to put candidates in only three corpo-
The party is expected to field 14 candidates---seven
in Arima, six in Pt Fortin and one in Tunapuna/Piarco.
Abdullah said they have already screened four of the
six likely candidates in Pt Fortin, three of the seven
for Arima and the person likely to contest the MSJ
ticket for the Santa Rosa/Blanchisseuse seat.
He said they have had four cottage meetings in Pt
Fortin and two in Arima and "people we are engaging
with are very enthusiastic and positive." According to
Abdullah, on the ground people who are saying that
they "feel they do not get good representation from
the traditional political parties are looking to the MSJ
The party will launch its campaign on Sunday at
a venue and time yet to be announced, but Abdullah
said the theme for their campaign is Send them a
The party s manifesto will be ready, he said, in the
next two weeks.
ILP vying for Chaguanas
And the Independent Liberal Party, the ILP, will be
contesting all the seats in the Chaguanas Borough
Corporation and is still looking at the possibility of
contesting the Sangre Grande, Couva and
Tunapuna/Piarco regional corporations.
ILP spokesperson Indra Maharaj said the party has
completed screening for Chaguanas and the candidates
are already conducting walkabouts, but, she said, "we
still have to make a final decision on the other three
corporations Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Sangre Grande
She referred questions on any alliance with any
other party to political leader Rekha Ramjit.
The party will hold a news conference on Sunday,
the day before nomination day, November 7, when it
will announce details of its slogan and the manifesto.
The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) was
formed in April 2013 shortly after the
dismissal of Jack Warner from the Cabinet
of then prime minister Kamla Persad-
The new party was formed ahead of the
July 29 by-election for the Chaguanas West
seat which Warner had won on a UNC
ticket in 2010. Warner won the by-election
with 69 per cent of the vote cast.
In October 2013, Warner's ILP contested
the Local Government election garnering
The main show was in the Chaguanas
Borough Corporation where the UNC got
three seats, the PNM three and the ILP two.
Days after the election ILP-elected
councillor Faaiq Mohammed broke party
ranks and voted with the United National
Congress (UNC) to elect Gopaul Boodhan
as mayor of Chaguanas.
In June 2010, the MSJ withdrew from
the coalition People's Partnership
government. The party's political leader
David Abdullah also resigned his post as a
Then prime minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said she had accepted his
resignation, thanked him for his service, but
in a parting shot noted that the demands
he had made of government were
"impossible, unreasonable and reckless."
However, Errol Mcleod who came from the
labour movement and contested the
election under an MSJ banner stayed in the
In 2013, the MSJ contested the Local
Government election alone. The party
fielded five candidates but was not
The Congress of the People was one of
the main coalition partners in the 2010
general elections but their political stocks
weaned under Ramadhar and out of the six
seats contested in 2015, only Ramadhar
UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar presents the Diego Martin UNC
delegates during a UNC political meeting the Diego Martin North Secondary
School last month. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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