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Chief elections officer of the Elections and Bound-
aries Commission (EBC) Ramesh Nanan said
because the deadline for nominations has passed,
the PNM will not be able to field another candidate
for Barrackpore West.
"Nomination day process has been closed and that
is the end of that," Nanan said.
He was responding to PNM candidate Indar Jairaj s
decision to withdraw his nomination last week.
Speaking at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Mara-
bella yesterday, Nanan said Jairaj did not give any
reasons for his withdrawal.
Nanan said:"I have only information about one
candidate who has withdrawn his candidacy and that
is in Barrackpore West.
"It is a PNM candidate and he withdrew within
the stipulated time. He had up to five clear days until
polling day, so he withdrew. He did not give any spe-
cific reason, he just went ahead and withdrew."
He said Jairaj s withdrawal followed the proper
procedure, as the declaration contained the signatures
of two of the people who had nominated him.
Candidates have until October 14 to withdraw from
the elections, the same day voting for special electors
Commenting on the PNM s objection to three
Congress of the People (COP) candidates---Sookdeo
Prakash Bharath, J- Lyn Roopnarine and Diane Bishop,
whose seats fall within the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional
Corporation---Nanan said he has not received any
In a news release last Wednesday, the PNM said
Prospective People s National
Movement (PNM) candidate for the
November 4 by-election in St Joseph
Senator Terrence Deyalsingh says
he wants to be MP for all.
Deyalsingh said this yesterday in a
brief interview with the T&T Guardian
after a meeting to plan his campaign.
He was not prepared to disclose the
name of his campaign manager yes-
Deyalsingh was appointed to the
Senate in a temporary capacity on
October 17, 2010 and served in that
capacity for two weeks. He was then
appointed to serve as senator on
November 2, 2010 to present.
He was selected by the PNM to
contest the by-election during a
screening exercise on Sunday.
Deyalsingh said he was "humbled
by the party having faith in me and
I am tremendously excited to offer
myself for public service."
Deyalsingh said it was his intention,
should he be elected, "to bring a sense
of pride back to St Joseph."
House Speaker declared Herbert
Volney s seat vacant on September 9,
but 14 days had to elapse for Volney
to file legal action against the ruling.
After promising to challenge Mark s
ruling Volney had a change of mind
and did not. Consequently on Sep-
tember 27 Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar announced the election
Deyalsingh said under Volney the
people of St Joseph experienced three
years of turmoil and he wanted to
"restore sanity to the constituency."
Deyalsingh, who was a lecturer in
business and marketing at the Insti-
tute of Training and Development
before becoming a senator, said he
wanted to represent "the entire con-
stituency and all diverse parts, includ-
ing Valsayn, Aranjuez, Bamboo Set-
tlement, Mt Hope, Mt Dor and the
town of St Joseph."
Deyalsingh said he will speak on
several issues on the campaign,
including public procurement, gov-
ernance and a lack of government
Deyalsingh, 56, is married and the
father of two children. The People s
Partnership has not announced its
candidate for the by-election as yet,
although the Independent Liberal
Party s leader Jack Warner has said
that National Infrastructure Devel-
opment Company s president Dr Car-
son Charles was expected to be the
Warner has not announced his
party s choice as yet.
The PNM and prospective Inde-
pendent candidate Errol Fabien col-
lected nomination papers during yes-
terday s Elections and Boundaries
Commission s (EBC) test run.
No other parties representatives
showed up, the EBC said.
the candidates "falsely alleged they were members
of the COP at the time of their registration."
They said this is in contradiction to EBC internal
rules which say candidates must present letters from
their respective political parties confirming mem-
However, Nanan said: "I cannot recall of any objec-
tion coming directly. The PNM issued a media release
and the Elections and Boundaries Commission sub-
sequently issued a media release which would have
addressed the concerns raised by the PNM."
Although the local government elections will be
the third election for the year, with the St Joseph
by-election still to come, Nanan said the EBC was
doing all possible to carry out a smooth election.
"I can give that assurance that we will do everything
that we can possibly do to ensure that the elections
"Every election is challenging, every election has
its own peculiarities and we have to treat and deal
with all these situations that arise.
"The human resource is the most valuable asset
of our organisation and they have always lived up to
the expectation and I m sure that the human resource
will pull through for elections within this calendar
year," Nanan said.
Yesterday, the EBC distributed ballot papers to
returning officers in the South West district to facilitate
Returning officer of the Elections and Boundaries Commission Rudolph Singh, right, inspects ballots to be
used in special voting. Looking on, from left, are acting assistant chief election officer Neisha Ali and chief
election officer Ramesh Nanan. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
candidate drops out
Deyalsingh anxious to
get going on PNM trail
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