Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 17th 2013 Contents impression he wasn t contesting
and changing that one week
Dumas added: "This would
make it easy for other platforms
to say he said one thing one
week and changed it the next.
He s undermined his chances,
but whether it s fatal, I can t say.
Nor can I comment on his plat-
form debut since I didn t see it."
MSJ leader David Abdulah,
whose party is supporting Inde-
pendent Errol Fabien, said he
would be walking with Fabien.
The latter said yesterday he is
"working" the constituency daily
and calls on residents all over
Former St Joseph MP Herbert
Volney, who says he will only do
ILP walkabouts for the St Joseph
by election if "absolutely neces-
sary," is now supportive of ILP can-
didate Om Lalla.
Three weeks ago, when Lalla s
name surfaced as ILP s front-runner
for the St Joseph candidacy, Volney
said he didn t think Lalla was a good
choice and he would give ILP leader
Jack Warner another name for the
Following announcement of Lalla
as the candidate, however, Volney
said the person whom he had sug-
gested to Warner had been screened
along with seven others by the ILP,
but wasn t selected. Volney said his
pick wasn t ready to give up his cur-
Volney said he would give ILP
logistical and strategic support for
the campaign but would only do
walkabouts if "absolutely necessary."
On Lalla, the former MP said: "I
think he has a very good chance.
The configuration of the other can-
didates now, places him in a
favourable position to take the seat.
I think more UNC people will sup-
port him than originally expected,
especially since UNC s candidate is
"Constitutents I ve spoken to are
totally dismayed at the UNC s choice
of Alleyne to become an MP. They
don t see him as suited for that.
"I m disappointed the Prime Min-
ister didn t send up a senior cabinet
member, who I would have thought
would have given Lalla and Terrence
Deyalsingh a fight."
Volney added, "But I don t think
St Joseph people save hardcore
PNMites will vote for Deyalsingh
either. He s not a bread-and-butter
type of guy and seems more com-
fortable in the presence of his Balisier
House colleagues than with the com-
UNC St Joseph co-ordinator Ganga
Singh said Alleyne will be walking
St Joseph during the campaign period
along with a team of supporters, PP
officials and ministers.
However, former head of missions
Reginald Dumas said Alleyene had
damaged his chances by giving the
UNC candidate Ian Alleyne
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All three PP, ILP and PNM leaders
breached the rules of the T&T
Debates Commission, MSJ leader
David Abdulah has said. y
The commission cancelled the lead-
ers debate on Monday after Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said
she had never said she would appear
in the debate and the PP said COP
leader Prakash Ramadhar was the one
to represent the PP at the session.
The commission expressed disap-
pointment and concern at the PP s
position and eventually cancelled the
debate after ILP leader Jack Warner
said he would not appear unless the
PM did and PNM leader Keith Rowley
said he would appear only if the PM s
absence were noted.
Abdulah, however, said in an inter-
view there had been agreement by
leaders before the debate spelling out
who was the leader of each party and
who were senior representatives for
the first debate last week.
He said it was very clear the agree-
ment which set the guidelines and
rules for the debate also stipulated
that only the leaders of parties would
be eligible for the final debate and all
parties were aware of the requirement
that only their leaders must represent
them in that final round.
"But some people breached the
agreement by putting conditions. The
PP wanted the COP leader to speak,
Warner said he wouldn t go unless the
PM did and the PNM wanted her
absence to be cited.
"The MSJ is the only party that
didn t set conditions. If the PP, for
instance, could breach that agreement,
what would they do on other issues
in Government?" Abdulah added.
"Those leaders showed total disre-
spect for the population, which was
eagerly looking forward to the leaders
debate. Interest had developed fol-
lowing last Thursday s first rounds,
where MSJ s candidate was highly suc-
cessful. It may well be that others
ducked this week s debate as they re
afraid of being shown up by MSJ," he
Volney backs Lalla in St Joseph by-election
Abdulah: Leaders breached
rules of Debates Commission
Former St Joseph MP Herbert
ILP candidate Om Lalla
Independent candidate Errol
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