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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 6, 2013
It may be difficult for any other UNC candidate to
run in the Chaguanas West by-election because Jack
Warner already has support from 31 party groups in
UNC elections officer Ramona Ramdial confirmed
this in response to concerns that other candidates cannot
be nominated to contest the seat because the party s
constitution says they must have support from 12 of the
constituency s party groups.
The Chaguanas West constituency has 39 party groups
and Warner has already indicated that 31 of these groups
are loyal to him.
However, Ramdial said because of how the UNC s
constitution was structured, it was possible for a candidate
to file nomination papers once he or she presented 36
signatures from members of any 12 of the party groups.
She added that one party group could nominate two
candidates once the party group members presented
"Despite Mr Warner s overwhelming popularity, once
they can get signatures from 36 people from among 12
party groups, they can file a nomination," Ramdial said.
"These signatures can come from any one of the
party s 39 party groups."
Asked whether this would affect the chances of another
candidate because Warner had the support of 31 party
groups, Ramdial said no.
"The constitution does not specify which party groups
should give support, so this means that any candidate
who wants to put in a nomination can do so," she added.
Ramdial said people were continuing to file nominations
at Rienzi Complex but could not say how many had
already filed their papers. A screening committee would
evaluate each candidate before making a selection.
Warner has majority support in Chaguanas West, but...
UNC rules allow for other nominations
The T&T Guardian could not confirm
how many nominations have been filed, as
UNC general secretary Dave Nancoo could
not be reached for a comment.
Leader of Government Business Dr Roodal
Moonilal said the deadline for nominations
had not yet been announced.
UNC founder Basdeo Panday also said
Warner s popularity might not affect nom-
inations for other candidates because the
process was based on the signatures of mem-
bers and not on party groups.
The Chaguanas West seat was left vacant
after Warner s resignation last month.
On May 10, Speaker Wade Mark declared
the seat vacant, noting the by-election must
be held within a 90-day period, that is, on
or before August 10.
On Tuesday, the Elections and Boundaries
Commission (EBC) issued notices saying
those wishing to vote in the by-election
must register and verify their registration
status before tomorrow. Electors would not
be allowed to vote if they do not take steps
to ensure their names appear on the list.
It also advised that anyone who has been
living or renting for more than two months
in the Chaguanas West constituency is eli-
gible to register as an elector.
It also said those who have moved out of
Chaguanas West but have not re-registered
in the new constituency are also eligible to
Almost 100 people have been excused from the
potential jury pool in the trial for the kidnapping and
murder of central businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-
The high-profile trial against a dozen men began on
Tuesday at the Port-of-Spain High Court with a juror-
By the end of yesterday s hearing before Justice Malcolm
Holdip almost a quarter of the 400 potential jurors
initially summoned had been exempted.
Potential jurors who could prove they personally knew
the accused, the attorneys or witnesses, as well as those
who showed valid medical reasons, were excused.
During the opening of the case, Holdip warned the
potential jurors to refrain from making frivolous claims
in order to be exempted. He said: "If you are well enough
to go to work, you are well enough to serve."
The exemption process is expected to continue for
the rest of this week.
On Monday, Holdip and lawyers are expected to begin
selecting the 12-member jury and five alternates from
the remaining pool.
The 12 accused men on trial are: Allan "Scanny"
Martin, Shervon "Buffy" Peters, Keida Garcia, brothers
Marlon and Earl Trimmingham, Ronald Armstrong,
Antonio Charles, Joel Fraser, Lyndon James, Devon Peters,
Anthony Dwayne Gloster and Jamille Garcia. A 13th
man, Raphael Williams, was charged with the crime but
died in prison in 2011.
Their defence team includes Ulric Skerritt, Selwyn
Mohammed, Wayne Sturge, Colin Selvon and Lennox
Senior Counsel Israel Khan, Gilbert Peterson and Dana
Seetahal are prosecuting for the State.
in Vindra murder
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