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The Guardian of Democracy
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
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YVONNE WEBB and YVONNE BABOOLAL
A week after the local government elec-
tions, the composition of at least two
regional corporations remains unresolved.
In one case, the question of which party s
candidate will assume leadership of the
Chaguanas Borough Corporation has triggered
a legal debate with political parties and even
the Ministry of Local Government each seek-
ing advice on a possible resolution.
In the Princes Town Regional Corporation
another legal challenge is being contemplated
by the People s National Movement to block
the Elections and Boundaries Commission
from doing a second recount in the Moruga
Independent Liberal Party interim leader
Jack Warner, on a walkabout in the St Joseph
constituency yesterday, offered some advice
to resolve the Chaguanas dispute, where the
corporation has been evenly divided between
the PNM, the United National Congress and
He suggested that the UNC and the ILP
put their differences aside and work together
to resolve the situation.
In relation to Chaguanas, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar has repeatedly said
her party will not negotiate with criminals,
a reference to the ILP.
Another suggestion by political pundits to
resolve the deadlock in Chaguanas was to
use draw lots, which has precedent, but politi-
cians from the three major parties do not
seem to know its origin.
"Where did that come from? Who told
you about the drawing of lots? Did the Elec-
tions and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
issue a release that lots have to be drawn for
the Chaguanas Borough Corporation?" PNM
PRO Senator Faris Al-Rawi asked yesterday
in response to questions from the T&T
Al-Rawi was asked if lots would have to
be drawn to break the deadlock that arose
in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation
because the PNM got three seats, the UNC
three and the Independent Liberal Party two.
Dismissing the question, he said the PNM
was committed to the electoral process and
the law and noted that the electoral process
for Chaguanas was not yet completed.
Outling the process, he said: "Each of the
parties have yet to submit a list of their nom-
inees for aldermen to the EBC and then the
aldermen and councillors will convene and
elect a mayor, as is the process under the
law. One may very well find that the person
nominated for mayor is supported by more
than the party.
"There is no anxiety on the part of the
PNM to do anything else than abide by the
electoral process and the law.
Al-Rawi also dismissed questions on
whether proportional representation affected
the drawing of lots for mayor. He said PR
was a "fallacy" of the Government, which
did not engage in consultation before it foisted
the new system of voting on the electorate.
ILP interim chairman Robin Montano dis-
missed the idea of drawing lots to break the
deadlock and seemed to favour the idea of
aldermen and councillors choosing the person
who deserved to be mayor.
And the mayor, if the process was done
in a democratic manner, would have to come
from the ILP, Montano said.
He, too, was unable to say offhand where
the practice of drawing lots came from.
"In the past that s how it was dealt with
so there s precedent for it," he said.
In the 1999 local government elections,
there was a deadlock at the Siparia Regional
Corporation, with the UNC and PNM having
four seats each. After lots were drawn, the
UNC got control of the corporation.
Continues on Page A3
...COMPROMISE OR COURT TO
RESOLVE CHAGUANAS IMPASSE
Reema Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, took centre stage with her husband on
the main stage at the Divali Nagar, Chaguanas, on Sunday night, wearing a specially made
Baluchari sari. Guests at the event were told it was made from tussar silk gathered from
silkworms reared in a plant called the Arjun tree. The art of weaving this type of sari dates
back to the 18th century. PHOTO SHASTRI BOODAN
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