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People s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr
Keith Rowley says yesterday s St Joseph by-election
victory margin of several hundred votes was a big
accomplishment for the party in the constituency.
Describing the win for candidate Terrance Deyals-
ingh as "poetic justice," Rowley told supporters that
even in the face of community projects, cash and
phone distribution by some parties in order to buy
votes, the PNM proved victorious.
Deyalsingh joined Rowley, party public relations
officer Faris Al-Rawi and party chairman Franklin
Khan to address the media after the win at the PNM s
office on Old Mt Hope Road, St Joseph.
"Tonight we are particularly happy to have won
this St Joseph seat. We have tried on a number of
occasions and have been unsuccessful," Rowley said.
This victory, Rowley said, was hard won, as the
constituency was not a PNM stronghold.
But the jubilation of the win was tempered by
several issues which Rowley said would be referred
to the authorities, including the Integrity Commis-
"This Government has thrown every single thing
at its opponents in this election. The Government
has misbehaved once again, they have broken the
law and has disgraced itself," he said.
He questioned why the Government went into the
Ministry of Finance and handed out money over the
weekend to people purported to have been affected
by floods in the Aranjuez area.
"We can t recall when that flooding took place in
Aranjuez and why it wasn t dealt with before. That
has to be wrong," Rowley said. "It has been the most
vulgar action by any government."
Rowley called for a "proper investigation" into that
matter and said he planned to write to the Integrity
Commission on it.
He also reiterated his call for the Prime Minister
to call a general election.
Deyalsingh said coming off the win he planned to
continue the 25 projects started by the Government
pick, Ian Alleyne. He said he was also going to request
cellphone numbers for the government ministers to
continue the jobs.
"Apparently it is easy to get things done now, you
just have to call a number. I want all their cell numbers
to get things done," he said, referring to Alleyne s
ability to mediate between government agencies in
order to get projects started in the area.
Rowley also raised questions about Alleyne s eli-
gibility to vote in this election, and called on the Elec-
tions and Boundaries Commission to investigate.
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The Elections and Boundaries Commis-
sion issued a statement just after 9.30 pm
saying preliminary results of the by-elec-
tion showed Deyalsingh with 6,356 votes
and Alleyne with 5,577 votes. The ILP s
Om Lalla obtained 1,976 votes, losing his
deposit, independent candidate Errol Fa-
bien won 300 votes and the Democratic
National Assembly s Michael Lopez, five.
The EBC estimated the percentage of the
electorate which voted was 53 per cent. Of
the total electorate of 26,891, some 121 were
special voters who had voted already, enti-
tling 26,770 to vote yesterday.
ILP leader Jack Warner last night said
yesterday s defeat was more of a "growing
pain." He turned the focus to the PP, saying
the administration had lost four elections
in one year and others had more reason to
worry than the ILP.
"St Joseph hasn t heard the last of Om
Lalla," Warner also said, congratulating
Deyalsingh and Alleyne established early
leads from 8 am, running almost neck and
neck at one point, until 9 pm, when the
PNMites at the party s St Joseph office
started celebrating from 9.15 pm, just before
the final results were obtained.
Deyalsingh replaces former MP Herbert
Volney, who resigned from the UNC in Sep-
tember when the seat was declared vacant.
Volney had won the seat from the PNM s
Kennedy Swaratsingh in the 2010 general
election with over 10,000 votes, approx-
imately 3,000 more votes than Swarats-
Deyalsingh, who was appointed a PNM
senator in 2010, will become the ninth PNM
MP to hold the St Joseph seat since 1956.
The NAR and UNC had held the seat six
times since then also.
PNM officials said last night Deyalsingh s
seat in the House of Representatives is
expected be in "close proximity" to the
party leader s, probably midway along the
The victory is yet another electoral
advance for the Opposition.
This follows January s Tobago House of
Assembly "whitewash," July s defeat of the
UNC/PP in its heartland Chaguanas West
and also in the local government polls of
two weeks ago, in which the UNC took five
corporations to the PNM s eight.
The UNC s fourth electoral loss last night
prompted its coalition partner, the Congress
of the People (COP), to warn that the defeat
was a message to the Government.
However, the UNC s St Joseph co-ordi-
nator, Ganga Singh, last night said the nar-
row margin by which Alleyne lost showed
the UNC had held strong and seen a "resur-
gence" after its local government perform-
Alleyne had said during the campaign
that he was on vacation from his Crime
Watch programme. It could not be ascer-
tained last night if or when he would return
to hosting the show. (See page A5)
for 04th NOVEMBER, 2013
Jubilant People's National Movement supporters celebrate outside the constituency office of St Joseph candidate Terrance Deyalsingh
last night, after the results of the by-election were made official. Deyalsingh defeated United National Congress candidate Ian Alleyne by
several hundred votes to reclaim the constituency for the PNM. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
PNMites start early party
Rowley savours win
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