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PNM St Joseph candidate Terrence Deyalsingh lifts Jada Cazeau, grandaughter
of Erline Pierre, during his visit to Upper Bushe Street, Petit Bourg, yesterday.
The PNM is proposing Ronald
Heera for Chaguanas mayor and
the UNC will reveal its candidate
by the end of the week or early
UNC plans to do so on the day
the election for a mayor is held in
the deadlocked area, UNC deputy
leader Suruj Rambachan said yes-
Local Government Minister Mar-
lene Coudray yesterday said the
Government could not rely on
advice from anyone in the Chagua-
nas matter save the solicitor general.
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan when asked yesterday about
a legal opinion said to be from Local
Government officials which was
being circulated around northern
corporations that a presiding offi-
cer s vote can break a deadlock, said
he would speak on the matter later.
PNM s Colm Imbert said the
term "presiding officer" only
applied in the THA.
He said in local government there
was a chairman, deputy chairman,
etc, and in absence of all that,
members elected someone to
supervise meetings. He said the
election of such a person also would
be stymied by the deadlock.
Imbert said the PNM was not
going to court, seeking to draw
straws or return to the polls over
the Chaguanas deadlock due to lack
The party, he said, had proposed
Heera, a former candidate in the
2010 general election, and coun-
cillors would have to keep voting
in the mayoral election until "some-
body caves in."
Imbert said the PNM was clear
on the situation. He said legislation,
Section 13, to draw straws was
deleted in September when Gov-
ernment amended the Municipal
Corporation Act 2013.
He added: "So elected candidates
will simply have to vote to elect a
mayor and they will have to keep
voting until somebody caves in. We
are not going to court nor do we
want any return to the polls since
there s no provision in the law for
all that either."
Meanwhile, UNC s Rambachan
said PNM s Heera had some expe-
rience in Local Government "but
I don t think he has demonstrated
He said straw-pulling was done
before to break a deadlock but was
uncertain what would apply in the
ILP leader Jack Warner,who ini-
tially said he wanted Chaguanas to
return to the polls, subsequently
said the ILP and UNC should put
aside their differences and work
out the situation.
ILP chairman Robin Montano
said yesterday: "We got the majority
of votes and should be given major-
ity but, yes, the UNC and ILP
should try to work it out.
"Our view has always been the
peoples interest is paramount and
therefore if it s necessary to put
aside our differences then we are
ready and willing but terms and
conditions have to be negotiated.
We are always prepared to talk to
anybody and everybody."
Montano said the ILP did not
want to draw straws and had not
discussed going to court. He said
ILP at this stage would prefer
returning to the polls. However, the
ILP was meeting from yesterday to
work out its position.
EBC CEO Ramesh Nanan said it
had to inform all parties of their
allotment of aldermen four days
after results and that was done.
Four days after, parties had to
inform EBC who their aldermen
were and after that EBC would for-
mally inform corporations. Nanan
added: "We are awaiting word from
He could not comment "at this
point" on PNM s reported request
on Monday for a final check of the
Imbert said PNM would only go
to court on that if it was unhappy
with the outcome of the check. He
said he had not heard from EBC
on the request.
The Opposition PNM s internal
tracking poll has shown that PNM
St Joseph candidate Terrence Deyals-
ingh s chances in Monday s by elec-
tion are very favourable.
He revealed the contents of the
latest PNM poll yesterday while
speaking to reporters on a walkabout
in the Maitagual Upper Bushe Street
area, San Juan.
Deyalsingh said he had fears soon
after last week s Local Government
election about possible burnout by
voters but he said that fear had
decreased day-by-day since he now
felt voters have been pumped up by
the local government results and there
no longer was any fear that voters
would be too tired to come out and
vote on Monday.
Deyalsingh added: "People have
been calling me from all over T&T.
They want to come out and vote on
Monday but more than that they sim-
ply want to vote.
"They just want a general election
sooner rather than later. The plane s
nose is pointing down.
"We are going to crash. This is the
second by-election in one year."
Deyalsingh also said it was unbe-
lieveable that a candidate could ini-
tiate projects in an area. He said it
was for a local or central government
to do projects.
He said PNM plans for St Joseph
included addressing flooding infra-
structural work to clear all waterways.
He said farmers have told him about
the need to relocate from Aranguez
which he said was now urbanised
and people were building houses on
what was farming land.
Deyalsingh said PNM supported
campaign financing reform. On the
financing of his own campaign
Deyalsingh said that was being done
by himself, his "family and so on."
He did not identify the source or
elaborate on who was the "so on".
He, however, said he did not have
campaign meetings on TV or large
full colour ads in the newspapers.
Accompanying Deyalsingh on the
walkabout was a large music truck
blaring PNM s theme song and a
group of red-clad PNMites.
They carried jerseys and flags to
give out to people along the way.
Tension continued to brew over
the local government elections
results in Moruga yesterday as a
handful of residents took part in
an early-morning protest over the
People s National Movement s
defeat in the area.
Close to a dozen PNM supporters
built a barrier of tyres across the
Moruga Road, Basse Terre, as they
claimed their candidate for Moru-
ga\Barrackpore Kenwyn Williams
was cheated at the October 21 elec-
It started at 3 am and lasted for
less than an hour as heavy rain and
constant police surveillance kept
the men sheltering under a shed
until they eventually postponed
According to a statement from
resident Bob Duran, United National
Congress candidate Philip Gonzales
had accepted defeat to Williams on
However, he said, the following
day the UNC passed through the
community proclaiming a victory.
Duran said: "In Moruga/Bar-
rackpore, a two-horse race was evi-
dent, with the PNM showing good
early pace, and by 9 pm on election
night, the incumbent UNC coun-
cillor Mr Phillip Gonzales had called
Mr Kenwyn Williams, the PNM
candidate, conceding and offering
He said after the election-night
results, a request was made for a
recount which led to rejected ballots
with electoral ink stains being
counted in favour of Gonzales. That,
he said, could have meant that
some people voted twice.
He added that even before the
recount was done last week, UNC
activists knew that the recount
would give their party victory by
One resident at the protest said
a woman was seen taking a ballot
box into a house at St Croix Road,
Princes Town, where it is believed
she tampered with it.
Residents plan to continue their
protest and are suggesting the Elec-
tions and Boundaries Commission
should revert to the original deci-
sion, which gave Williams victory,
or call a fresh election in the dis-
Responding to the protest in a
telephone interview yesterday, Gon-
zales said it was only being done
to create animosity toward the UNC
supporters in the area.
"I have given up my own per-
sonal resources and after all I have
a family, my children go to univer-
sity and I would usually take out
of my own money to help people.
In fact, the corporation s money
that I get every month for the past
three years never came to my house,
it went back into the community.
"I will be helping groups; sports
groups and cultural groups. People
have to come real good to get
money from by me now because
they are taking the money after
coming to me for various reasons
and at the end of the day, they are
using it for something else, and
that is wrong," Gonzales said.
Protest over Moruga results
PNM poll puts
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