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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar yesterday promised to
reveal evidence of collusion
between the People s National
Movement and Independent Lib-
eral Party s interim leader Jack
Speaking to reporters at the
Piarco International Airport on her
return from Panama, Persad-
Bissessar said she would make the
revelation on the campaign plat-
form tomorrow night.
Persad-Bissessar also challenged
Warner's statement that phones
were being tapped under her
"Mr Warner always makes some
sort of fanciful claims, I really don't
know what credibility he has," she
"There are those who believe
that he was the one doing the tap-
ping," she said.
She said he should bring the
evidence forward if he had it.
"It is very easy to make wild
allegations, unsubstantiated alle-
gations and when asked to sub-
stantiate those allegations people
just fall off the cliff," she said.
"I have no evidence that any
wiretapping is taking place by any
Government agency," she said.
The Panamanian trip, she said,
spelled good news for local jet fuel
as talks would continue regarding
supply for Copa Airlines and pref-
erential export rates for over 200
items back and forth.
dismissed the findings of the Nacta
Polls that puts the PNM in front
in the October 21 local government
She said the People's Partnership
still has a good chance of taking
The latest Nacta polls showed
that the PNM was leading the elec-
But Persad-Bissessar said she
has been told otherwise as the PP's
campaign was going very well.
"The campaign is concentrating
on a ground war rather than an
airwave war." (RS)
Prime Minister to reveal
evidence of ILP,
PNM collusion tomorrow
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets National Security Minister Gary
Griffith, right, at a press conference held at the diplomatic lounge, Piarco
International Airport on her return from Panama, yesterday. Looking on from left, is
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and Ambassador Extraordinaire Mervyn
Assam. The Prime Minister had earlier returned from her Panama trip. PHOTO:
BRIAN NG FATT
Interim leader of the Independ-
ent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner
was up to yesterday the only party
leader with a confirmed candidate
to contest the St Joseph seat. With
just hours to go before the Election
and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
verification of candidates begins
tomorrow, neither the People s
National Movement nor the United
National Congress (UNC) had con-
firmed who was their selection for
the November 4 by-election.
Though Warner confirmed the
selection of a candidate, he refused
to name the person, saying he would
reveal the name on nomination day,
Yesterday, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar said the UNC has
not screened any candidate thus far.
"At our last meeting we had agreed
that nominations would come in
within seven days, that time has not
expired," she said.
She said the screening process will
take place "some time this week."
"There is no candidate at the
moment," she said.
On the EBC's verification exercise
for candidates tomorrow, Persad-
Bissessar said the UNC had seasoned
politicians and would not need their
guidance for the proper documents.
She also said that the UNC had
taken no decision on whether to field
popular Crime Watch host Ian
Alleyne for the St Joseph seat.
Meanwhile, General secretary of
the PNM Ashton Ford yesterday said
the screening process for the St
Joseph seat would begin today in
preparation for the EBC dry run
"There are four candidates that
we will be screening," Ford said.
There has been speculation that
PNM Senator Terrence Deyalsingh
or former minister of finance Mar-
iano Browne were tipped to contest
the seat for the PNM.
Om Lalla: Things could
happen over the weekend
The battle seemed to be heating
up between the UNC and ILP espe-
cially after Alleyne appeared on a
UNC platform last week and bashed
Warner. There was speculation that
Alleyne would be the UNC pick for
St Joseph and Warner's legal repre-
sentative, Alleyne's close friend, Om
Lalla would run under the ILP ban-
Lalla, in a telephone interview
yesterday, said nothing has been
finalised just yet but "things could
happen over this weekend."
"I have been spoken to but not
approached in any formal sense, but
my association with Jack Warner
and the ILP is known as is my
friendship with Ian," Lalla said.
"Ian has taken more of a political
stance that I have in that he mounted
a political platform, he shocked me
too," he said of Alleyne's surprise
appearance on the UNC stage.
"But things are going to happen
this weekend, and right now I am
just looking on," he said.
Lalla said stepping into the polit-
ical arena was a big decision as pol-
itics had "degenerated" and if he
to raise the current standards.
"It has to be considered carefully,"
Warner, when asked in a text mes-
sage, if the St Joseph seat was turning
into a battle between the two friends,
Alleyne and Lalla, simply said "we'll
Another popular local personality,
Errol Fabien has thrown his hat in
the ring as an independent but is
currently in talks with labour party
Movement for Social Justice to con-
test the seat under its banner.
While Fabien has not returned
several calls and messages to his
mobile over the past three days, MSJ
leader David Abdulah confirmed that
the two have had several meetings.
"We are hoping that he will run
under the MSJ but even if he chooses
not to, we will add our support to
his candidacy," Abdulah said in a
telephone interview on Friday.
According to the EBC, tomorrow's
dry-run is to give the commission
a chance to verify the documents of
the candidates and to ensure each
has their relevant party's permission.
All candidates for the St Joseph
by-election must submit their doc-
PM: UNC has no candidate yet
Battle on for St Joseph seat...
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