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Six candidates yesterday filed their
nomination papers to contest the
Chaguanas West by-election. But one
of them, Ishmael Samad, stole the
early spotlight by staging a demon-
stration against one of the main con-
tenders, Jack Warner.
The others who filed their papers
were Khadijah Ameen (United National
Congress); Avinash Singh (People s
National Movement); Oliver Norman
(National Coalition for Transformation)
and Dr Kirk Meighoo (Democratic
Samad, who heads the Party for
Integrity and Morality in Politics
(PIMP), turned up with three sup-
porters bearing placards protesting
against Warner s decision to contest
the election for his newly-formed
Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
Samad s party was the first on hand
at the Elections and Boundaries Com-
mission s (EBC) office at Eleanor Street,
Chaguanas. He told the media he was
there to lodge a protest against Warner
over allegations that funds raised for
the Haiti earthquake relief programme
in 2010 on behalf of Concacaf did not
get to those in need.
"I m not fighting any elections, I
am fighting a cause and my cause is
Haiti. A grievous wrong was done to
the people of Haiti," Samad said. "I m
here to confront Jack Warner and tell
the people where the money gone."
Of the nomination process, Samad
said although he was on a bond to
keep the peace for three years, he was
told by EBC officials he was eligible
to contest the seat. He said he bor-
rowed $5,000 from the Cathedral
Credit Union to pay his deposit.
He said as political leader of PIMP,
which has a hammer as its symbol,
he was ready to do battle but did not
expect to win.
Samad and his three supporters,
however, did not get through the mass
of green-clad supporters who accom-
panied Warner as he arrived around
10.30 am to file his papers.
Warner, the former MP for the area,
walked with a barrage of supporters
from the ILP s Caroni Savannah Road
offices, accompanied by police and
large trucks blasting music.
Before he entered the office, Warner
told reporters the walk "was one for
political freedom and political change."
He emerged 15 minutes later flashing
his receipt from the EBC.
"History is in the making," he said.
"This receipt means that I am now a
valid candidate, the die has been cast."
Asked to comment on Samad s alle-
gations and protest over his candidacy,
Warner said: "Ishmael look for a head-
line. Don t let him get that from me.
"If he wants one there are easier
ways by going to the St Ann s Psy-
chiatric Hospital. He was sent by the
UNC to do this dotishness because
they clutching at straws."
Claiming three councillors from the
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
intend to jump ship and join his ILP,
Warner said he would campaign at a
very dignified level and announced
plans for a mass meeting on Friday at
Frederick Settlement, Caroni.
He said he was "the best vehicle"
to show representation, adding he had
not had any negative response since
he started his campaign.
After Warner addressed the media,
he and his supporters marched along
the Chaguanas Main Road and back
to their headquarters.
Ameen also arrived with a crowd
of supporters, among them Chaguanas
Mayor Orlando Nagessar and ministers
Rudranath Indarsingh, Ramona Ram-
dial and Marlene Coudray.
She greeted Samad and later was
surprised to learn he had thrown his
hat in the ring.
"I do wish him the best," she said.
UTT pupil files late by-election papers
NEWS PAGE A5
Continues on Page A3
WORLD PAGE A19
SPORTS PAGE A62
Six in race
Leader of the Party for Integrity and Morality in Politics (PIMP)
Ishmael Samad shows his nomination papers for the Chaguanas
West July 29 by-election outside the EBC's Chaguanas office
yesterday. PHOTO : SHASTRI BOODAN
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