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Chief elections officer Ramesh Nanan said there
have been calls for a recount of votes in several regional
corporations following Monday s local government
Nanan said the requests from Tunapuna, San Juan,
San Fernando and Princes Town Regional Corporations
came from three parties, the PNM, UNC and COP.
He said the PNM asked for a recount in Les Efforts
West/La Romaine, where its candidate Anderson Williams
lost by 53 votes to the COP candidate Bishop Jankee
The PNM also requested a recount in Moruga in the
Princes Town Regional Corporation, where the UNC
candidate Phillip Gonzales was declared winner, after
conceding defeat to the PNM's candidate Kenwyn
Adviser to Williams' campaign, Caroline Ravello, said
after the ballots were counted, Gonzales conceded defeat
and Williams was declared winner and the ILP candidate
Anthony Baptiste attracted few votes.
Ravello said there was a small celebration in the PNM
"Lo and behold, this morning we woke up to music
and flags and motorcade declaring the UNC winner."
She said she and the PNM camp contacted the EBC
and requested a recount, which is scheduled to begin
this morning at the Presbyterian School Number Two,
Craignish, Princes Town.
Nanan said a recount had already started at 3 pm
yesterday for the Kelly Village/Warrenville district in
the Tunapuna region. That request, Nanan said, was
made by the COP candidate.
In the San Juan East district, the defeated UNC can-
didate requested a recount.
Former Chaguanas mayor Orlando
Nagessar has thrown out a suggestion to
the Government that it should seek some
sort of alliance or power-sharing arrange-
ment "with anybody," in order to resolve
the "hung corporation" situation in the
borough coming out of the local govern-
ment elections results.
He said so as he spoke to the T&T
Guardian yesterday on what as outgoing
mayor of the Chaguanas borough he
planned to do with his life. The three-year
terms of mayors of the former corporations
ended in July.
Saying his life in politics was far from
over, Nagessar said his main worry was
seeking to have a council in place.
He said without resolving the "hung"
corporation matter, this would be difficult.
The UNC won three of the seats in last
Monday's local government elections, the
PNM, three and the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP), two.
"This is the first time in the history of
the corporation we have a situation like
this. The UNC always controlled the cor-
Ascribing blame to the splitting of the
votes, Nagessar added: "A situation has
been created where no party has the major-
ity to elect a mayor or a deputy mayor.
"We (the UNC) need to have some sort
of alliance, some kind of negotiation, some
sort of power-sharing."
Asked if that would be with the ILP, he
said: "With anybody. If the suggestion is
taken up, things will work out. The cor-
poration can't go on without a council."
Nagessar said until another mayor is
elected, he remained in office. When a
new mayor was elected, he added, if things
worked out he may still be an alderman
in the corporation.
Nagessar was nominated to be an alder-
man representing the UNC, a post he
would gladly take up, he said.
"It's unwise to be inactive. You get sick,"
he said. And if the alderman position did
not work out, Nagessar planned to continue
to assist the UNC in its campaigns.
"I am an active member of the party.
We have elections coming up in 2015. I
will be there to assist the candidates for
Chaguanas West and Couva North in
whatever way I can," he said.
Nagessar credited the UNC's "reclaim-
ing" of Felicity from the ILP to how they
organised its campaign.
"Based on rumours we were hearing,
we thought the entire borough had gone
to the ILP," he said.
But before he threw himself back into
the political arena, Nagessar said he wanted
to take "a good few months rest" and
spend time with his family.
Outgoing Port-of-Spain mayor Louis
Lee Sing said he would continue to be
mayor until the day he took off the chain
and put it on the next man or woman who
will replace him.
"That should be done by next week,"
Lee Sing was completing a handover"
report to present to the next mayor when
the T&T Guardian spoke to him.
"The person coming in will be better
off," he said.
As for his plans after politics, Lee Sing
said he would continue to do what all the
former mayors of Port-of-Spain did, to
run business enterprises.
He is ready and willing to re-enter pol-
itics, he said, but only if God called him.
"If my God deems it necessary, as in
the last occasion, I will respond," he said.
Kazim Hosein, son of former San Fernando mayor
Rakeeb Hosein, is tipped to be appointed mayor of San
Fernando following the victory of the People s National
Movement in Monday s local government elections.
Hosein was one of the aldermen nominated by the
party. Sources say former San Fernando West MP Junia
Regrello could be appointed deputy mayor. Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley has repeatedly spoken of the
need to mix youth with experience in leadership positions
in PNM-controlled corporations.
In the Port-of-Spain City Corporation, which was also
won by the PNM, the president of the T&T Football
Association (TTFA) Raymond Tim Kee is tipped to be
appointed as mayor. Asha Permanand, the daughter of
retired Justice Jean Permanand, is likely to be given the
deputy mayor position.
Former senator Nafeesa Mohammed is expected to be
retained as chairman of the San Juan-Laventille Regional
Corporation. Two other aldermen are in contention for
the post: Richard Walcott and Rajendra Baboolal, sources
say.In Arima, the PNM is expected to appoint former
Senate vice-president George Hadeed as the borough's
new mayor. Hadeed is a businessman and former president
of the Eastern Division of the Chamber of Industry and
Commerce. The Central Executive of the PNM is yet to
meet to decide on the nominations for mayors and chair-
men and their deputies.
In Diego Martin three names are in contention for the
positions of chairman and deputy chairman. They are
Daryl Smith, former councillor Irene Hinds and chairman
of the Diego Martin West constituency of the PNM Sigler
Councillors elected to the Diego Martin Corporation
are expected to be sworn in on Monday.
KINGSTON---Authorities in Turks &
Caicos say an American Airlines (AA)
plane yesterday made a safe emergency
landing there after the pilot reported a
fire in the cockpit and a smoking engine.
The British Caribbean territory's disaster
office says there were no injuries to the
175 people aboard the Boeing 757.
Representatives of American Airlines
did not immediately provide comment.
The plane was travelling from Trinidad
to Miami yesterday morning when the
pilot requested clearance for the emergency
landing. Turks & Caicos officials said he
reported a fire and said the left engine
was smoking and dripping fuel.
A local newspaper showed images of
firefighters spraying water on the jet while
it sat on a runway. It was not smoking
and showed no obvious signs of damage.
Winning PNM candidates in Monday's local government elections for San Fernando pose with Kazim Hosein, PNM officer, sixth
from right, during the party's celebrations on Monday night at Skiffle panyard, Coffee Street, San Fernando. The winning
candidates are, from left, Laverne Smith, Arnold Soogrim, Robert Parris, Rondell Donawa, Anderson Williams, Shaka Joseph,
Phillip Montano, Sherrie Ali and Naigum Joseph. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Nagessar on 'hung' Chaguanas corporation:
Why not power-sharing? TTFA head tipped
for city mayor job
Emergency landing for AA flight from T&T
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