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The People s Nation-
al Movement (PNM),
which gained the
largest number of cor-
porations in the Octo-
ber 21 local government
released the names of
its 37 aldermen in 12
The front-runners for
the position of mayors
of Port-of-Spain, Arima,
San Fernando and Point
Fortin respectively are
Raymond Tim Kee,
president of the Trinidad
and Tobago Football
George Hadeed, busi-
nessman Kazim Hosein
and Clyde Paul, who
previously held the post.
The party has also
nominated Daryl Smith,
Rampersad and Onika
Myers-Haynes to head
the Diego Martin, San
Corporation and Tuna-
ly.At the close of the
polls, the party won
eight of the 14 munic-
ipalities, with the Peo-
ple s Partnership (PP)
gaining five and a split
occurring in the borough
of Chaguanas, with the
PNM and People s Part-
nership acquiring three
districts each and the
Party (ILP) two.
This was the first time
that aldermen were allo-
cated using the system
of proportional repre-
Under the PR system,
the Elections and
announced on Friday
the PNM would have 36
aldermen in 12 corpo-
The PNM's aldermen:
Arima Borough Corporation:
1. George Hadeed.
2. Laurel Lezama Lee Sing.
3. Bertiney Pollidore.
4. Herman Noel
1. Aben Phillips.
Diego Martin Regional
1. Daryl Smith.
2. Irene Hinds.
3. Jane Simon.
4. Mary Lou Veronica Ammon.
Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional
1. Hamil Hosein.
2. Elitha Bessor.
Point Fortin Borough
1. Clyde Paul.
2. Surina London.
3. Derek Dindia.
4. Leslie Pascall.
PoS City Corporation:
1. Raymond Tim Kee.
2. Aasha Permanand.
3. Rono Callender.
4. James Chin Ching.
Princes Town Regional
1. Pearl James.
2. Marlon Mohammed.
San Juan/Laventille Regional
1. Ramdai Amarsingh
2. Sherma Wilson.
3. Ulric Maule.
4. Anthony Roberts.
San Fernando City
1. Kazim Hosein.
2 Vidia Mungal-Bissessar.
3. Junia Regrello.
4. Patricia Victor-Wilson.
Sangre Grande Regional
1. David Alonzo.
2. John Renn.
Siparia Regional Corporation:
1. Patsy Ransome.
2. Junior Thompson.
1. Onika Myers-Haynes.
2. Roodal Lalman.
3. Edwin Gooding.
4. Hayden Alexander.
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Lots drawn in 1999 elections
for 28th OCTOBER, 2013
PNM names 37
There was a similar deadlock in the
Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation in
2003. A temporary chairman was selected
by a member of the public, who pulled his
name from a hat.
Montano, dismissing this process, said if
true democracy and PR were followed, the
ILP should get the choice of mayor.
"That is, if they really believe the voice
of the people is the voice of God, for the
ILP got the most votes."
Montano added that all options were on
the table for the ILP in breaking the dead-
"We will do whatever is necessary to pro-
tect the interests of the people. We are not
turning down any option."
On an alliance with the PNM or UNC,
he said: "Sure, if they want to come and
support one of the ILP people for mayor
but if you want me to come and make you
mayor, dream on."
Chaguanas East MP Stephen Cadiz said
he did not know exactly where the drawing
of lots system came from but said it was
done in the past.
"So it s not new to politics but the process
has to be agreed on by all parties. In the
case of a deadlock, it will be the easiest thing
Cadiz said going back to the polls was an
option that might produce the same dead-
lock. As to the UNC s position on the drawing
of lots, he said, the matter would be receiving
the attention of the party and any statement
to be made ought to come from the party
and not individual members.
Political scientist Dr Bishnu Ragoonath
said there was no law in the existing local
government legislation about the drawing
"I don t know where it came from," he
said, "but it has been a convention."
Ragoonath said if the electoral process for
the selection of mayor was followed, there
would come a point when the three parties
would have to do some horse-trading.
Turning to the situation in the Princes
Town Corporation, Opposition MP Colm
Imbert said there was nothing in the Rep-
resentation of the People Act to support a
second recount so the PNM has told the
EBC its intended to challenge that action.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Imbert
said there had been some very strange occur-
rences in last week s local government elec-
"It is very strange that after the initial
count on election night, where all of the
ballots were counted at the various polling
stations by the respective presiding officers,
there was a view that the PNM candidate,
Kenwyn Williams, had emerged victorious.
Even the UNC candidate Phillip Gonzales
thought so too.
"However, when they looked at it again,
there was a miscalculation and it turned out
that the UNC candidate had in fact won the
initial count by approximately 20 votes."
Imbert said there was some mixup
between ballots at a particular polling station,
in terms of the way the EBC was accounting
for who the votes were cast for.
"The initial mistake was made when it
was said the PNM candidate had won the
seat, when in fact the UNC candidate had
"The PNM candidate then asked for a
recount in accordance with the Represen-
tation of the People Act. When they did the
recount, the returning officer (Azim Bas-
sarath) discovered a number of ballots which
he considered to be spoilt, because they were
smudged with electoral ink, among other
After rejecting all of the spoilt ballots the
result was reversed in favour of the PNM
candidate by some 40 votes ahead of the
"When the UNC candidate discovered
the recount had put the PNM candidate
ahead, confusion erupted and the EBC
ordered a second recount," Imbert said. "I
have looked at the law and I can t find any
provisions in the law for a second recount.
"My understanding of the law, is once
you do a recount, you cannot do a second
recount. The EBC has no authority to do a
Imbert said in the interim, Williams has
delivered a letter to the EBC headquarters
requesting a check of the results.
He explained that after the recount is
done and the returning officer makes a dec-
laration of the results of the poll, the unsuc-
cessful candidate, under Election Rule 106,
can request the Chief Elections Officer to
check the results.
Members of the
Cultural Arts and
during the PNM'S
celebration at the
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