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While the three political parties held massive
rallies to close off their local government cam-
paigns, the Movement for Social Justice ended
as they began with a meet and greet with the
The group, lead by David Abdulah led a motor-
cade in the La Brea, Point Fortin area, with small
cottage meetings at specific points instead of a
large rally in a single spot.
The party closed off its weeks of campaigning
with three meetings in the southern penninsula,
and Abdulah also did a short speech to MSJ sup-
porters in the Carenage area over the phone.
"I have walked with all 16 candidates, did a
spot meeting in Arima and Longdenville briefly
Friday night," Abdulah said.
He said the MSJ was not engaging in an air-
war but held public meetings within the con-
He said the MSJ would continue in Palo Seco
and Erin today.
No rally for MSJ
meet and greet citizens
Exuberant ILP activists trudged
through mud and slush at the ILP s
stomping ground, predicting an early vic-
tory as the party closed off its election
campaign with a massive public rally at
Endeavour, Chaguanas, yesterday.
The crowd of green gathered at the
unpaved compound as early as 2 pm.
Thousands of people wore different shades
of green. Vendors sold green cotton candy,
green chow and all types of green para-
phernalia. By 4 pm, when Warner arrived,
green confetti showered the crowd.
One man danced in front of the stage
with green cane stalks strapped to his back,
while a man wearing a costume of the
Incredible Hulk weaved through the audi-
The feel of early election victory ener-
gised the mainly youthful crowd. Many
danced to the music of Anil Bheem and
his band, Rakesh Yankaran, and D Original
De Fosto. They were also entertained by
the Primala dance company.
After an hour of entertainment, the can-
didates were introduced by former UNC
councillor Falisha Isahak. However, the
crowds booed when Isahak inadvertently
urged them to vote for the UNC. She
quickly had to correct herself.
Banners were placed around the muddy
grounds which read: "Jack will beat them"
and "Do not hesitate, vote ILP, we voting
for victory on Monday night."
Ramesh Ramdhan said the UNC had
left their people with a feeling of hope-
lessness. He said UNC s deputy political
leader Dr Roodal Moonilal was the PNM s
"It is no longer a choice between the
devil and the deep blue sea. We have an
option in the ILP. We will be victorious
on Monday," Ramdhan shouted.
When deputy poltical leader of the ILP,
Lyndira Oudit, took to the stage, the crowd
cheered. "We commit to integrity by the
way we live. We commit to bringing out
the good in each other," Oudit said.
Saying the People s Partnership could
not be trusted, Oudit added, "Ministers
cannot separate what is private and public
money. It is a contagious disease that
ripped apart the PNM and the PP. This
year we are witnessing a new level of polit-
ical vindictiveness, hatred and racialism,"
Oudit said the ILP would provide oppor-
tunities for youths and reinvigorate the
elderly who had lost hope for proper gov-
Green cane stalks, Hulk at massive ILP rally
"There will be no room for fool-
ing, bluffing, or idling. ILP coun-
cillors will have no excuses for
This was the vow of ILP s interim
political leader Jack Warner as he
closed off his party s local elections
campaign at Endeavour, Chaguanas
Warner also lamented that more
than $1,000 billion had been spent
in T&T by three different govern-
ments, yet T&T was suffering from
a lack of basic amenities such as
water, security, proper roads
"After all this money, what do
we have to show for it? How have
the lives of the little people been
made better? How has our social
status changed? How closer are we
to the alleviation of poverty? There
are no positive answers to these
questions because for 57 years we
have been plagued with politics
that practised a philosophy of mis-
representation," Warner said.
He lamented there is not a single
city, borough or corporation where
all drains are regularly cleaned and
water courses desilted.
He also said successive govern-
ments had failed to deal with
"Crime is a plague and a scourge
in all municipalities; no one is
spared. Yet our borough police, cor-
poration police and city police are
He said the ILP would restore
good governance from the level of
"The ILP will introduce partic-
ipatory democracy within an ILP-
led corporation. No work will begin
in your community unless a meet-
ing is held to inform you of the
scope of works for the project, the
name of the contractor, the duration
of the contract and any other area,
which will have an impact on the
quality of your life," he said.
Before final payment is made to
contractors, he said, the munici-
pality will again meet with the
community to determine whether
they are satisfied with the service
which was provided in accordance
with the scope.
"You must be included in all
decisions as it relates to your com-
munity," he added.
"With respect to community
projects, all councillors will go
through basic training in funda-
mentals of project management.
Progress of all projects will be
closely monitored in terms of qual-
ity, time and cost. The status of all
projects will be reported on a Web
site to ensure transparency and
accountability. In this way, you will
hold all councillors accountable,"
He also said the ILP would place
litterbins in communities and hire
With respect to individual
requests, Warner said the ILP had
designed a software application to
record and track every request of
burgesses which will become avail-
able by November 1.
Jack: No room for idle councillors
ILP supporters wave their flags during the ILP political rally held yesterday at Endeavour, Chaguanas. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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