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The fate of two regional corporations
will be decided next week and until then
there will be no swearing in of the Sangre
Grande and Siparia Regional Corporations.
Confirmation of this came from communi-
cations manager of the Elections and Bound-
aries Commission (EBC) Dominic Hinds who
said that the UNC candidates for Siparia West/
Fyzabad Avinash Seeteram and Sangre Grande
North-West Dyanan Maharaj applied for a check
of the results in accordance with Section 106 of
the Representation of the Peoples Act.
Hinds explained that the request is not for a
recount since the
time for recount
had passed under
the law. But the
law makes provi-
sion for a check to
validate the results.
The EBC has written
to both the ruling PNM
and the opposition
UNC informing them
that the check for
abad will be held on
Monday and the check for
Sangre Grande North West
will take place on Tuesday.
also sent to the
forming them that no swearing-in can take place
until the checks are completed.
Hinds said under Section 106-2 of the Election
Rule the request for a check must be accompanied by
a deposit of $500 as security for the check.
Under Section 106-4 of the election rules the check is
limited to a count of the questionable ballots only. Once
the check is completed the Chief election officer or an
officer authorised by him "shall certify to the returning
Section 108-2 of the election rule makes it clear that once
the returning officer receives a notice for a check, then "the
returning officer shall delay transmission of the return and
report until he has received from the Chief Election Officer
the certified results."
In Sangre Grande Northwest the UNC requested the check
based on concerns with polling division 2206 where it said the
ballots were not sealed. In that division the PNM got 149 votes
and the UNC 41, a difference of 108 votes.
Earlier this week UNC leader Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote to
PNM Political leader Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley request-
ing that they come to solve the impasse at the Sangre Grande
Regional Corporation which is tied with four to the UNC and
four to the PNM.
Both parties have also been allocated two aldermen each.
The ruling party has said that the law was clear on
the issue and the PNM would abide by the law.
Persad Bissessar on the other hand said: "PNM
spokesmen are wrong when they claim that they will
take control of the Corporation despite the deadlock.
"There is no provision in the law to break the dead-
lock," she said.
guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 10, 2016
No swearing in yet
on Grande, Siparia
A Joint Select Com-
mittee (JSC) is calling
on the Tobago House
of Assembly (THA)
ensure there is great-
er accountability and
produce its financial
reports as soon as
possible as none were
submitted from 2006
This was among several
made during a press con-
ference held by the JSC on
Social Services and Public
Administration in Parliament yesterday.
Recommendations were also made for CCTV cam-
eras to be installed and for the police to increase pa-
trols in areas frequented by tourists.
Independent senator, Ian Roach, who chaired the con-
ference, said the THA must be guided by the observations
made by the Auditor General in relation to the standard
and adequacy of records made available for auditing to
avoid undue delays in the audit process.
Asked if there were any penalties for the submission
of late reports Roach said there was none only "public
embarrassment" when entities appeared before a JSC.
During a public hearing into the operations of the THA
concerns were also raised about the profitability of the
jazz festival since it had not generated a profit this year.
It was recommended that the THA revise its busi-
ness model for the jazz festival to alleviate the sig-
nificant shortfall in revenue when compared to
Concerns were also raised that in 2015 room
occupancy for Tobago hotels was between 35 to
40 per cent. When compared to the region To-
bago's room occupancy for 2015 was about 30 per
cent less, since the average in the region was about
68.8 per cent.
With respect to the shortage of labour to supply the hotel
and tourism sector ,the committee recommended that the
THA collaborate with central government, in particular, the
ministry of foreign affairs to facilitate a greater movement of
hospitality works from other Caribbean islands to Tobago.
The issue of a reliable public transportation system in
Tobago had also been raised following which the committee
recommended that given the prevailing economic circum-
stances, the THA consider acquiring additional buses on an
incremental basis rather than a large scale single purchase.
It was also recommended that while the construction
of a new airport in Tobago may not be feasible at this
time, in the short term discussions with representatives
of all airlines that fly to Tobago be held.
Regarding revenue the committee said the THA had
an obligation to develop a revenue generation plan in
the short-term to adopt a more proactive approach to
meeting some of its financial needs.
A recommendation was also made for the THA to
collaborate with CAL to develop a feasible strategy
for increasing the number of seats available to
passengers during peak periods.
Free training in customer service training par-
ticularly for small and medium sized accommo-
dation facilities should be made available.
Asked how soon would the recommendations
be implemented Roach said he hoped within the shortest
The EBC has written
to both the ruling PNM
and the opposition UNC
informing them that the
check for Siparia West/
Fyzabad will be held on
Monday and the check
for Sangre Grande North
West will take place
on Tuesday...In Sangre
Grande Northwest the
UNC requested the check
based on concerns with
polling division 2206
where it said the ballots
were not sealed. In that
division the PNM got 149
votes and the UNC 41, a
difference of 108 votes.
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