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Former Chaguanas West MP
Jack Warner has dismissed PNM
candidate Avinash Singh s boast
that he will win the seat because
of a split in votes between Warner
and the UNC.
"He, like many in the public,
must have been advised that the
UNC has chosen another candi-
date. I was not so advised and will
not comment on that," Warner
told the T&T Guardian yesterday
in a telephone interview.
He added: "He suggesting he
knows something, that the UNC
has rejected me and is putting
somebody else. I was not told so
Warner resigned as MP and
national security minister and
wants to face the polls again for
the seat in a bid for validation after
public calls for his resignation in
the wake of a damning report on
Concacaf during his tenure there
The UNC has so far remained
tight-lipped about its candidate
for the July 29 by-election but
Warner recently filed nomination
papers to contest the seat on a
UNC ticket. Candidates have up
to July 8 to file nominations.
Warner said Singh, announced
as the PNM candidate only last
Thursday evening, has been brag-
ging he will win between 7,000
and 8,000 of the 27,000 votes in
But the former MP, who began
his campaign in the area at the
beginning of May shortly after his
resignation, countered that he has
10,000 votes in the bag.
"This shows his political
naivety...I have 10,000 sure,"
Asked how he was so sure of
the 10,000, Warner replied: "They
have told me."
He noted, though, he does not
want to be complacent and his
campaigning has not stopped.
"Today is a public holiday and
I am going on a walkabout in
Warner said Singh kicked off his
campaign in the area by attacking
him but he has no intention of
reciprocating only because of the
candidate s youthfulness.
"I felt that a young man was
selected by the PNM to contest
the seat and I should not do any-
thing to discourage him in any
way," he said.
Dr Roodal Moonilal, UNC
deputy political leader, authorised
by the Government to speak on
the Chaguanas West by-election,
responded to Singh s boast that
he will win the seat with a joke.
"If the PNM fights Chaguanas
West alone, with no other candi-
date, they will lose their deposit."
He added: "I have taken note
that the PNM has selected a can-
didate who is more optimistic than
Moonilal did not respond to
questions about Singh s claim that
he has up to 8,000 votes and
Warner, 10,000, leaving the UNC
For the first time since the seat
was declared vacant, the UNC held
a Monday night forum in Chagua-
nas West on Monday.
The party s campaign in the area
is yet to start and the T&T
Guardian asked Moonilal if this
late start was because the party
was certain of winning the seat, a
traditional UNC stronghold.
"The question is, why is the
PNM starting its campaign so
early?" he replied.
According to Elections and
Boundaries Commission statistics,
Warner won 18,767 votes in the
2010 general election and PNM
candidate Ronald Heera got 1,471.
Residents of the Tarodale Housing
Development in Palmyra, South
Trinidad are demanding better living
They staged a noisy demonstration
on Tuesday to highlight the deteri-
orating conditions they claim to be
Nigel Friday, spokesman for the
residents, said the lack of street lights,
proper roads, postal service, commu-
nity facilities and cracking houses are
cause for grave concern.
He said the residents sought to
meet with Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal instead of Patrick
Manning, the San Fernando East MP,
because Manning is not in the best
After several requests they were
able to meet with officials from the
Ministry of Housing but nothing has
materialised as yet.
Friday said the residents plan to
take further protest action if their
problems are not addressed soon.
Nigel Friday, right, leads residents of Torodale Housing development,
Palmayra, in a protest to demand better living conditions.
Residents protest for
better living conditions
As Chaguanas West campaign heats up...
Warner: No chance
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