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Ihave listened to the argu-
ments which have been
advanced by the Speaker in
declaring the seat of the Mem-
ber for St Joseph vacant, and
comment as follows:
1. Question: When a voter
places his or her "X" on the
ballot paper, is he or she vot-
ing for the individual candidate
or is he or she voting for the
political party, if any, alongside
the name of such candidate?
Answer: It could be either
one or the other or both.
Conclusion: One cannot be
entirely certain. It should be
noted that the appearance of
names of political parties on
ballot papers is intended to
assist the voter in making his
or her selection.
2. Question: When a decla-
ration of a winner of the vot-
ing is made by the Returning
Officer, whom does he or she
declare as the winner---the
individual candidate or the
political party against the
name of the winner?
Answer: The individual can-
3. Question: Of even more
fundamental to the issue at
hand is the following: Once
elected, is the winner of the
voting a representative of the
constituency or is he or she a
delegate of a political party,
(any political party)?
Answer: He or she is, first
and foremost, a representative
of the constituency and cer-
tainly not a delegate of a
political party and thus being
required to follow blindly the
dictates of such political party
and its "whip."
ing the absence of Standing
Orders etc, as required by Sec-
tion 49, I am of the view that
the entire Crossing The Floor
Act to be (a) flawed funda-
mentally, (b) misconceived, (c)
undemocratic, (d) not in keep-
ing with the generally accepted
best principles of representa-
tive government, and (e) in
general, not properly thought-
The fact that this provision
of the Constitution was never
enforced even by its
"founders," should dictate cau-
tion in attempting its imple-
Errol OC Cupid
Isn't it ironic that flooding in the Petit
Valley area (the same area that was
devastated by flooding last August) and
along the East-West corridor, would have
happened again the day before and after
Cabinet approved $750 million to deal
with flood alleviation and drainage.
Surely, this could have been done ten
months ago if anyone in authority had
foresight. Then the move would have
been considered a preventative measure
rather than a cure.
We have been blessed with a less
than serious rainy/hurricane season so
far this year, but this senseless "God is a
Trini" attitude that so many seem to live
by, is probably one of the reasons why
nothing is being done until now.
What else can we do but be thankful
for small mercies and say better late
than never. We can only hope that the
money is allocated in a sensible manner.
While I commend the Ministry of
Legal Affairs on the issuing of
computerised marriage certificates, I
take offence to the apparent exclusion
of the option of Christian as a selection
under the section "Type of Marriage."
Currently there are four options: civil,
Hindu, Muslim and inextremis.
To that "nice Minister Prakash" kindly
advise your team to review and have
the form amended to include Christian
for those of us whose union were made
one under Christianity.
The last time I checked the dictionary
civil meant "polite."
Itravel frequently on the Fast Ferry from Trinidad to
Tobago, almost every month. Firstly, I would like to
say that the service is the best thing that has hap-
pened to our paradise for years.
It must also assist in giving Tobago tourism a small
boost as international arrivals have fallen off in recent
Having said this, the system that is in place for han-
dling passengers and vehicles in Scarborough is ab-
It works like clockwork in that a passenger can re-
main in his vehicle, check in at the entry point and
await their departure.
Sadly, the ferry departure from Port-of-Spain can
only be described as "organised chaos." On arrival, a
passenger can attempt to park in a car park that is too
small, or to park on the disused roadway parallel to
Wrightson Road. This is a nightmare!
On the disused roadway car park there is nowhere to
turn and to add to the critical shortage of parking
space, there is a large flat bed truck, licence number TT
1626 that has been abandoned in the same spot for
The tray of this vehicle has become a garbage dump
for filth and flies.
Alongside this eyesore is a huge, gaping hole in the
roadway that is filled with a large barrel that warns
drivers of the impending danger.
Next to the barrel is another large hole that is cov-
ered with a flimsy piece of steel sheeting.
I would like to add that this area is unlit and to avoid
these man-made obstacles at 5 am in total darkness
for a 6.30 am departure, is intolerable.
This is an open letter to whoever is in charge of the
port operations to please make some effort to rectify
this on-going daily occurrence of organised chaos.
CROSSING OF THE FLOOR ACT FLAWED,
NOT THOUGHT-OUT, MISCONCEIVED
Organise chaos at Fast Ferry PoS port
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Protesting teachers arrive on a bulldozer to prepare their barricades near
the Zocalo in Mexico City, Mexico, yesterday. Thousands of teachers who
have camped out at the Zocalo for more than a month have been told by
authorities they need to leave today setting the stage for what could be an
ugly confrontation culminating weeks of protests against an education
reform. AP PHOTO
Flooding prevention is always better than cure
Christians get married too
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