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On the eve of the local govern-
ment election nomination day, at
least two parties have signalled
that they are ready for the hectic
three weeks of campaigning.
The Congress of the People
(COP) will be presenting 53 can-
didates at tomorrow s launch of the
People s Partnership local govern-
ment campaign. The COP, in an
independent move will also have
its own smaller campaign launch
in the contentious Tunapuna/Piarco
area on Friday. The second launch
comes after a heated bi-party nego-
tiation for the large corporation
after which the COP walked away
Party leader Prakash Ramadhar
yesterday praised COP chairman
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan for her
role in heading up the successful
"The National Council felt very
happy and content with the nego-
tiating outcome," Ramadhar said
yesterday. The party held a short
media conference after its national
council meeting at its headquarters
in Charlieville yesterday.
"The process of the vetting of
the documents started today (Sat-
urday) and would continue tomor-
row (Sunday)," he said.
Ramadhar said there has been
no joint decision on the St Joseph
seat, but he said it has traditionally
belonged to the United National
"I ve had preliminary discussions
with the Prime Minister and I really
don t see any grave difficulty in
working that through," he said.
"That is not to say the COP is
not interested in it, but we would
look and see what is best in terms
of the viability.
"One step at a time," he added.
Leader of the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) Jack Warner has already
gone past the local government
election process and has began
screening candidates for the St
"We have already screened seven
candidates and have two more to
look at," Warner said in a telephone
For the local government election
though, Warner said the ILP
screened 516 people for 16 locations.
He said his party is not "importing"
anyone, but have stuck with "local
habitat" for the corporations.
"A lot of people are professionals,
accountants, lawyers and that
speaks volumes," Warner said.
Warner is expected to launch his
campaign today in Endeavour,
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Interim political leader of the
Independent Liberal party (ILP)
Jack Warner yesterday welcomed
scores of supporters to the $7 mil-
lion ILP headquarters at Mulchan
Seuchan Road, Chaguanas yester-
He said the opening was symbolic
of who the ILP represented---a fam-
ily that welcomed all into its fold
regardless of race or ethnicity, gen-
der, or sex, ability or differently-
abled, age or youth.
Warner said, "The idea of a new
home and a new political party was
as distant and impossible as the sun
rising in the west but destiny has
shaped our course, a desire to build
a better nation has determined our
future and forged from the love of
liberty, a new family has been born."
Warner said a few months ago
no one would have thought a home
would be possible.
He said the "home of the ILP"
was a place where a listening ear
will always be found to the hurting
soul in our society.
"The home of the ILP will never
represent the cold, callous and
unforgiving structures of political
entities past and present because
we have understood the difference
between having a complex and a
house as against having a home.
"A house is not a home. A com-
plex is not a home."
He welcomed those who were
like refugees and have been branded
and abandoned, forsaken and neg-
lected. He said they were the home-
less in society with no hope in spite
of the assets in which they have
invested to make their families
strong and to build the economy
through the provision of employ-
"But there is no place for them
at the complex in Rienzi or the
house called Balisier," Warner said.
A current tide is sweeping the
And Warner said it was a long
shore drift that was pulling people
apart and perilously taking them
along a path that was threatening
the stability of the nation.
He said, "It is in times like these
that a country needs a family to
come together, play together, stay
together and work together to cor-
rect the wrongs that plague us.
"Within the home of the ILP that
"Others Talk, We Deliver" is the
mantra of the upcoming local election
says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
The PM was speaking to some of the
people selected to represent the party
in the upcoming local government elec-
tion around 10 pm on Friday at the
Rienzi Complex, Couva.
Persad-Bissessar said opposition par-
ties are trying their best to bombard
the population with propaganda that
the Government did not do anything
for the people of T&T during the past
She said the PP Government did
more than the PNM during its tenure
from 2001-2010, while the ILP was
only concerned with generating pop-
ularity on a platform of lies rather than
saying what is its plans.
Citing a recent example of lies ema-
nating out of the mouth of Jack Warner,
the ILP leader, she said at no time did
she speak with talk show host Ian
Alleyne over the phone as previously
claimed by Warner. Persad-Bissessar
said she was abroad when the alleged
incident had taken place.
"I was out of the country. I want to
know when did he give me that phone.
This is where the green party continues
with is campaigns of lies, half truths
and innuendos. Today I say, believe
nothing coming out of that green plat-
She said expect more lies from the
ILP and its leader.
"Every time this platform
speaks...lies, more lies and more lies.
Their job on that platform is not to
form the government, not to win seats
but to bring down your government."
Persad-Bissessar said the ILP leader
was hardly coming to the Parliament
to represent the people of Chaguanas
West who elected him into power.
The PM also said the PNM complains
about the PP s focus on the develop-
ment of rural communities. She said
if it was left to the PNM, all rural com-
munities would be neglected. "They
would not build the highway to Point
Persad-Bissessar went on to list the
countless achievements of the PP Gov-
ernment in infrastructure, education,
health and other areas.
She said the UNC will be contesting
eight regional bodies (Siparia,
Mayaro/Rio Claro, Sangre Grande,
Chaguanas, San Juan/Laventille).
The COP will field candidates jointly
with the UNC in five corporations
(Diego Martin, Arima, San Fernando,
Tunapuna and Port-of-Spain ) and the
NJAC will fight jointly with the UNC
for seats in Point Fortin.
She advised those selected to hit the
ground immediately after hearing their
names. She said candidates have until
noon tomorrow to file their nomination
papers or the party will send a replace-
Persad-Bissessar said she did not
want the party to pay for the tardiness
of candidates who may miss the boat.
She said the UNC will assist candidates
by way of T-shirts and election para-
Ameen withdraws nomination
Meanwhile, Khadijah Ameen, the
chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco
Regional Corporation withdrew her
Sources close to Ameen said as chair-
man of the UNC she did not want to
fight the St Augustine South/Piarco St
Helena seat in the Tunapuna/Piarco
Regional Corporation on a COP ticket.
The seat will be contested by Ishwar
Mootoo. Ameen said she had no com-
ment on withdrawing her nomination.
"I am committed to seeing the part-
nership work. I would be managing Mr
Mootoo s campaign and working with
him to ensure the partnership gets the
seat." (See Page A16)
An Aranguez pundit thinks the
timing of the St Joseph by-elec-
tion places Hindus in that area
at a disadvantage.
President of Swaha Jaidath
Maharaj said in an interview on
CNC3 yesterday that as far as he
was aware, his organisation was
not consulted about the date.
Aranguez has five temples.
Last Friday Prime Minister
announced November 4 as the
date for the by-election, even
though it is constitutionally due
on December 20. Divali is Novem-
ber 2. Swaha is a Sanatanist Hindu
organisation which follows ortho-
dox Hindu traditions. Aranguez
forms part of the St Joseph con-
stituency. Maharaj said his con-
gregation has already started ask-
ing questions. He also questioned
the use of the Aranguez Savannah
which has been used to host Divali
"Orthodox Hindus, I believe
will not go to the meetings," he
said. He sees the lead up to the
election as a disruption. Maharaj
also said people will be torn
between attending political meet-
ings and going to Divali celebra-
Meanwhile, PM Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said that the party will
be accepting nominations for the
St Joseph seat in a week.
Persad-Bissessar, speaking at
Rienzi Complex, Couva, on Friday
night, said the Government got
the blessings of the Sanatan Dhar-
ma Maha Sabha to have the by-
election on November 4, two days
after Divali celebrations.
Nomination day for local polls tomorrow...
PM: Opposition parties
ILP opens $7m headquarters
It's a disadvantage for Hindus
Swaha pundit on by-election date:
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