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Elections and Boundaries Commission chief
elections officer Ramesh Nanan has disagreed
with the PNM s claim that the EBC had no author-
ity to undertake a second recount of ballots in
Nanan said there was provision for recount in
the Representation of the People Act, contrary to
PNM MP Colm Imbert s claim.
Imbert said the PNM was researching the act to
see if it allowed for a second recount, with the aim
of mounting a legal challenge to quash the result,
which had put the UNC candidate, Phillip Gonzales,
in winners row.
"There is provision for recount...The law makes
provision for such, but I do not want to comment
on that Moruga situation," Nanan said.
"That s the commission s call with respect to
that. I am here to implement the commission s
"One of the candidates has availed himself of
the opportunity offered by virtue of election rule
106 and we have to follow the procedure to ensure
that check is done in accordance with the law, so
I do not want to comment to pre-empt anything."
After the ballots were counted on election night,
PNM candidate Kenwyn Williams was declared
Later on the result was overturned in favour of
Williams called for a recount, which favoured
Gonzales then requested a second count, which
saw him being declared winner by ten votes.
The PNM says there is no provision for a second
recount and is challenging the EBC s decision to
The EBC has declared all the other seats in the
Princes Town Regional Corporation, clearing the
way for the swearing-in of a new council.
(See Page A5)
Dancers from the
Pranava Kala Kendra
dance group during
their final dance at
celebrations at the
Divali Nagar in
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PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi
responded to the ad campaign
saying: "It constitutes a mark
of sincere desperation and runs
afoul of the Bureau of Standards
provisions in that there is no
indication of the agency pro-
viding the material.
"There is no doubt at all in
the PNM s mind that it origi-
nates out of the UNC camp, for
the saying thou dost protest too
much can only lie at the feet of
the senior members of the UNC
who have spent vast amounts
of time and campaign financing
begging the population not to
split the vote," he added.
Robin Montano of the ILP,
speaking by telephone, told the
T&T Guardian: "Of course, it s
a UNC ad. Wake up and smell
the coffee. It s obviously done
for the purpose of political gain
and embarrassment. It s not the
kind of advertising I condone,
it s the kind of nastiness the
UNC has been indulging in for
too long now."
AAATT head warns media
Ronald Murray, president of
the AAATT, wrote to the heads
of media houses after the ads
were printed and a similar ad
aired on TV6.
Murray wrote: "It would be
appreciated if immediate steps
are taken, by the relevant media
houses, to desist from airing these
advertisements until such time
they correctly conform to the
Bureau of Standards provisions."
In an earlier letter to all mem-
bers of the AAATT and the
TTTPA (T&T Publishers &
Broadcasters Association), he
noted: "In the lead-up to local
elections, there were several
instances of material not con-
forming to the T&T Bureau of
Standards (TTBS) Requirements
for Advertising," and warned,
"We all need to exercise greater
vigilance in the coming weeks
and maintain the standard for
the next general election."
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Murray said, "We ve been
trying to find out who placed
the ad. It s not supposed to hap-
pen and if we all played our
roles, from the creative agencies
through to the media, it
wouldn t happen."
He said the media were ulti-
mately to blame for carrying the
ads, while acknowledging it was
hard to turn down advertising
when high fees are involved.
"Somebody is trying to make
mischief but we have a respon-
sibility, as the media, to say, No,
I m sorry, as long as it doesn t
adhere to the TTBS require-
ments we can t run it. "
He said the content of the ad
was "absolutely not acceptable,"
and declared himself disappointed
with the Ross advertising agency.
He added that the media had
run many other political ads in
the election run-up without
identifying the advertisers.
"I try to enjoin the media and
agencies so we can maintain
high standards," he said.
"I ve received no responses
from any of the media houses
to either of my two letters."
Responding to the furore yes-
terday, Guardian Media Ltd MD
Gabriel Faria explained that the
company has a system for vet-
ting ads, especially political ads
and those which may prove con-
They are usually sent to editors
or to the company s attorneys
for approval before publication.
In this case, however, Guardian
editors did not see the ad until
it appeared in yesterday s paper.
"We re tightening up the
process," Faria assured, saying a
copy of the Bureau of Standards
requirements for political adver-
tising was circulated to managers
yesterday as a reminder to be
extra-vigilant for the rest of the
He said the ad will not be
published in the T&T Guardian
again until and unless it has been
amended to meet those stan-
In an October 23 letter to
advertising agencies, AAATT head
Ronald Murray referred to the TTBS's
Requirements for Advertising - Part 1,
General Principles (2nd Revision) TTS
He wrote: "All political advertising
must clearly identify or contain
information identifying a bona fide
advertiser or organisation on whose
behalf the advertisement is being
placed, as stated in clause 4.8.
Providing an e-mail address does not
live up to the spirit of the standards,
as you are well aware.
"We should also look critically at
clauses 4.4 Honesty, 4.5 Truthfulness,
and 4.9 Defamatory references and
denigration, amongst others."
Media told not to carry ads
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