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Interim political leader of the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack
Warner says there is "absolutely no
justifiable reason" to postpone local
Warner made the statement yes-
terday in a media release, as he
responded to Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s announcement that
discussions would be held on whether
the elections should be postponed or
not. The Chaguanas West MP said
the elections must be held before the
constitutional deadline of October 25,
"This is not a question that is up
for debate and given the history of
the positions taken by the Prime Min-
ister and the United National Congress
(UNC) on this same topic, the issue
of postponement of the election
should not even be under contem-
plation by the Prime Minister," Warner
The ILP leader admitted that it was
"extremely disappointing" to learn
that postponing the elections is even
entertaining the mind of the Prime
"Given all that she has proposed to
stand for, the question should have
been shot down even before it was
asked," Warner said.
He said it is the prerogative of the
Prime Minister to select the election
date, but urged Persad-Bissessar to
name the date quickly so new council
members could be elected and
Warner said the UNC and the Prime
Minister were "constantly vociferous"
in their protests against the former
People s National Movement (PNM)
regime when then Prime Minister
Patrick Manning postponed local gov-
He added that it was Persad-Bisses-
sar s campaign mantra and repeated
commitment to call all elections when
they are constitutionally due.
"It would be dishonest, hypocritical
and dictatorial for the Prime Minister
to repudiate merely because she is
afraid of losing the third election in
a row, to protect non-performing
councillors who know that their con-
stituents are waiting anxiously to vote
them out, or to buy time," he said.
Warner said the UNC and the Prime
Minister argued "loudly---and cor-
rectly---that it was undemocratic to
deny citizens their right to elect rep-
resentatives and to be able to do so
within the periods laid out in the Con-
stitution which is the social contract
between the People and the State."
No justifiable reason
to postpone local
If the People s Partnership
Government (PP) postpones local
government elections, it would
only be because the administra-
tion is afraid it will be beaten by
Jack Warner s party.
Chairman of Warner s Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) Robin
Montano said so Thursday, after
word from Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissesar that the PP may
consider a resolution by UNC
councillors to postpone local gov-
ernment polls. These are consti-
tutionally due by October, 90 days
after the expiration of local gov-
ernment bodies on July 26.
The ILP plans to launch its local
government elections campaign
today in Tunapuna.
"If they postpone local polls,
we ll simply continue mobilising,"
"A lot of energies are concen-
trated on local government polls.
If they (PP) postpone this, it would
only be because they know they ll
get a sound licking. To that I have
to say: you can run but you can t
hide. We will come."
"We don t agree to any post-
ponement, people want better
service. I also don t know if legally
they can postpone the polls once
the life of corporations has ended.
I ll have to check."
Montano said ILP was hoping
to bring out many East-West Cor-
ridor people at today s Tunapuna
launch: "If we get 5,000, we ll be
thrilled, one of our last meetings
Other ILP officials said the
party s national convention is being
planned for September 29 at the
Centre of Excellence.
Montano: PP afraid to call local govt polls
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