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July 28, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
In a bid to redeem himself from
racial statements made by
Guyanese speaker Jailall Kissoon
on the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) platform last week, Jack
Warner kept his final by-election
address to his supporters clean.
As he made a last ditch effort to
muster votes at tomorrow s poll,
Warner, who was speaking in Felicity
on Friday, promised not "to go down
there," meaning to the level of his
detractors and opponents.
Warner said he will accept the
offer of Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar for him to return to
However, he promised to do so
once the acceptance of his return
"Would the Prime Minister accept
only the colours of yellow or orange
that matter? Is it that for us to
return home we must abandon our
new freedom and the enlightenment
we have found in the ILP?"
He also queried if the PM would
accept all philosophical differences
and fix the UNC s constitution,
which was stymied when Khadijah
Ameen was selected over him.
Warner said when the Constitu-
tion of the country is eroded by the
Government, it raises questions
about people s rights, freedom and
Today, Warner said, people s
rights are being affected on the basis
of their political affiliation.
"Tomorrow it may be race, the
next day culture, the following day
it may be religion, until all our peo-
ple s rights have been eroded by a
reckless Government heading along
a suicidal path, destroying anything
in its way."
Warner said he was advised that
those on the opposite side are plan-
ning to frustrate his motorcade
He said that even late into Sunday
false rumours would spread that he
suffered a heart attack, was arrested
and had returned to the UNC just
to get your votes.
Warner pleaded to his supporters
that when they go to the polls, not
to vote for Ameen because their
votes can send a signal to the Gov-
ernment that it was all right to
tamper with their Constitution.
ILP s interim political leader
Jack Warner has distanced him-
self from acts of thuggery in
the Chaguanas West con-
Yesterday evening Warner said
a group of thugs wearing green
T-shirts were parading through
Felicity "behaving outlandishly
and becoming outright nui-
sances to the constituents."
"These persons are not mem-
bers of the ILP neither are they
friends of the ILP, and I totally
condemn their actions," Warner
He added that the thugs were
"apparently contracted to inflict
harm on the communities of
"I have personally called the
police to intervene in this matter,
and I have asked my supporters
to record the registration num-
bers of the vehicles used by
these miscreants," Warner said.
"The extent to which others
would stoop to gain power is
way below the depth of the ILP."
Warner said whoever sanc-
tioned the thuggery was leading
T&T towards electoral violence.
He said he received pictures
of the truck distributing T-shirts
which were not issued by the
"These jerseys are of the
"York" brand, which has not
been used by the ILP. Our jerseys
come from "Suntan," "Soleil"
and two other brands but cer-
tainly not York," Warner said.
Warner: Return to UNC must be unconditional
"If they vote for a clean campaign,
he will win. If they vote on the
issues, he will win. If they vote for
a candidate who did not get down
in the gutter with racial talk, he will
win. If they don t vote tribal, he will
This was the view of Senator Ter-
rence Deyalsingh when asked about
the chances of the People s National
Movement (PNM) candidate Avinash
Singh, winning tomorrow s Chagua-
nas West by-election. Deyalsingh
spoke to the Sunday Guardian during
yesterday s motorcade throughout
Chaguanas. Deyalsingh, according to
PNM general secretary Ashton Forde,
gave major campaign support to
Deyalsingh also commented on
campaign finance for the elections.
"None of the parties who spent the
kind of money that has been spent
in this election could ever claim to
be concerned about campaign financ-
ing. You have two parties spending
multiple millions in a by-election.
Where is the money coming from?
Small contributors or contactors, that
is the fear," he said. (See Page A16)
The PNM motorcade left the PNM
Chaguanas constituency office just
after 2 pm. Before taking to the streets,
when asked about how he felt he
would do in the election race, a very
positive Singh said, "If I thought I
would lose, I would not be here today."
Other members of the PNM camp
were also speaking of victory. Jennifer
Baptiste-Primus maintained that all
her money was on Singh, declaring
that he was the "dark horse."
Singh hit the road with two pick-
up trucks filled with sweet potatoes
which he said he had harvested from
his garden earlier in the morning. As
the motorcade moved through
Chaguanas, Singh, at intervals got
out of the truck to meet with mem-
bers of the constituency and hand
out some of his sweet potatoes. But
as the Sunday Guardian spoke with
the beneficiaries of Singh s largesse,
they said that while they felt he was
"a good boy," they would not be giving
him their vote.
One group of men along the trail
voiced what seemed to be the going
sentiment yesterday, "Warner is a
One elderly man, holding his bag
of potatoes said, "I cannot lie, I will
not vote for Avinash, I voting for
Warner, he does help poor people."
It was an uneventful ride with no
And then there was Krishna
Ramkissoon, one of the PNM mem-
bers who was screened to contest the
by-election but came up short against
Singh. At Precious Bar, corner Cacan-
dee Street and Pierre Road, he pulled
up, and two men wearing T-shirts
bearing the ILP logo came out of his
car. Ramkissoon wore nothing show-
ing his political affiliation.
"I don t have to wear anything,
everybody know I am PNM," he
One of the men in his green shirt
added, "Don t let a T-shirt fool you,
it s just a T-shirt."
Present to lend support to Singh
were PNM stalwart Joan Yuille-
Williams and Paula Gopee-Scoon,
Singh a dark horse in the race
Eversley walks along
Queen Street, Arima,
after leaving the Dial
where he began his
annual July 27 walk in
memory of the 1990
attempted coup to the
Eternal Flame at the
Red House in Port-of-
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
United National Con-
gress (UNC) candidate for
Chaguanas West Khadijah
Ameen is confident of win-
ning tomorrow s polls.
Addressing supporters at
the UNC s final rally in Felic-
ity last night, Ameen said
as the clock winds down to
the Chaguanas West by-
election, as a member of the
People s Partnership Gov-
ernment, she was "soldier-
ing to victory."
Ameen also gave the
assurance that once she
becomes the Chaguanas
West candidate the Govern-
ment will continue to pro-
vide good governance.
Ameen said she was no
stranger or a little girl when
it comes to serving the peo-
ple.With the coming of the
UTT campus in Chaguanas,
Ameen said there were
many opportunities for
Jack Warner carries a handful of fake ILP T-
shirts which he says were seized from
thugs in Chaguanas, yesterday.
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