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FOR ENQUIRIES, SALES AND
Political leader of the People s
National Movement (PNM) Dr
Keith Rowley has promised to
work "more than 24 hours a day"
if the party is victorious in
tomorrow s local government
Rowley promised to serve the
people of T&T wholeheartedly in
his speech to supporters at the
final PNM rally at Eddie Hart
Ground, Tacarigua, yesterday.
He said only the PNM and its
136 candidates could take the
Addressing supporters, who
braved overcast weather and nav-
igated through mud and slush,
Rowley said the PNM was a great
moving force for progress and
prosperity; he believed citizens
could work together to overcome
every challenge, "even the People s
Partnership s disastrously poor
Rowley said in spite of Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
and interim leader of the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party Jack Warner,
T&T could still be referred to as
the capital of paradise.
Rowley said though headlines
are splashed with reports of violent
crime, there were sincere,
respectable and patriotic men,
women and children.
"Decency is not news and
should never be a surprise to us."
Rowley said the PNM was now
open for business.
"We are under new manage-
ment; just as all the 14 regional
corporations will be, come October
22, 2013. We all know that our
country will be under new man-
agement whenever the general
election is called. It will be hard
work, but we in the PNM are up
to the task and will not rest until
the work is done!
I will work more than 24 hours
in a day and your candidates will
Moving the crowd into a frenzy
with his speech, Rowley said as
an individual, he had always done
"It was not always good
enough. As for me, I have made
mistakes, but I assure every citizen
that I may not be able to solve
every problem that we now face,
or to wipe away every tear from
every eye, but as long as there are
tears, suffering and problems such
as crime, my work will not be
Rowley urged supporters that
when they go to vote, to keep their
memory intact, since the PP and
ILP would want them to forget
Section 34. He said:
"The whole purpose of Section
34 was to allow their friends and
financiers to escape the court in
Trinidad and Tobago."
He reminded people the PM,
AG and other members of Cabinet
were still part of investigations
relating to the "e-mail gate scan-
Rowley told his supporters they
had three options when they go
to the polls: they could refrain
from voting, which would tell the
country that they did not care; or
vote for a candidate other than
the PNM; or vote for the PNM.
"In this election, everywhere is
a PNM stronghold. I want you to
work the hardest in the next 48
He said the PNM was on the
verge of a victory.
Once the PNM candidates take
up the mantle, Rowley promised
they would write a new chapter
in the history book of the PNM.
Rowley: PNM on
verge of victory
CHARLES KONG SOO
The Elections and Boundaries
Commission (EBC) statistics have
shown that for the previous local
government elections in 2003 and
2010 low voter turnouts were reg-
With the introduction of a third
party, the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) contesting the elections
tomorrow it is uncertain whether
the voting pattern and demograph-
ics will change.
The EBC results showed that
the turnout for the elections in
2003 was 38 per cent.
Of the 998,787 people registered
as voters in 2010, only 386,830
people exercised their right to vote,
a mere 38.7 per cent turnout.
The Tunapuna/Piarco Regional
Corporation has the highest voting
population in 2013, with 168,339
According to the EBC, 2,080
presiding officers will be on duty
at the 2,080 polling stations and
1,449 polling divisions.
More than 2,080 ballot boxes
will be used for the polls because
of merged polling stations, and 28
kegs of electoral ink are in storage
for deployment and a fresh batch
was made for the elections.
There will be one police officer
stationed at each of the 2,080
The EBC did not say how many
workers the commission had
trained for the local elections.
Results will be announced offi-
cially by the EBC on Tuesday at
PNM supporters wave their flag during the PNM Rally held at the Eddie Heart Gounds, Tacarigua yesterday.
PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
Low voter turnout
in last two local
Candidates fielded by the
various political parties
contesting the local
The People's National
Movement (PNM) nominated
136; the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) nominated 135; the
People's Partnership comprising
the United National Congress
(UNC), the Congress of the
People (COP) and the National
Joint Action Committee (NJAC)
nominated 136 candidates; and
the Movement for Social
Justice (MSJ) nominated 16.
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