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"From today, I will be at that office and the
residents of St Joseph can rest assured that
they will have access to me," he said.
In his speech to his supporters after his narrow
defeat by PNM candidate Terrence Deyalsingh,
on Monday night, Alleyne said he wished to
contest the seat again in the next general elec-
His comments came even as EBC chairman
Dr Norbert Masson ordered a probe into the
"If you were in the commission, what would
you do?" Masson asked when the T&T Guardian
asked him if the EBC was investigating the alle-
gations made against Alleyne.
Pressed on if the EBC was planning to do so,
he said: "The matter has to be decided by the
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, address-
ing supporters after Deyalsingh s victory on
Monday night, complained about Alleyne s two
The controversy arose on Monday when
Alleyne s campaign team initially told the media
he would be voting in Valsayn at 10 am. The
fact that he was listed to vote in St Joseph
clashed with an earlier EBC release giving the
names and addresses of all the candidates in
the by-election, which listed Alleyne s address
as 21 Sevilla, Brechin Castle, Couva.
A search of the EBC Web site at
www.ebctt.com showed Ian Leslie Alleyne as
a registered voter in St Joseph, with the address
49 Palm Road, Valsayn.
Members of the media tracked down the Val-
sayn address on Monday and found it to be an
apartment complex. While there were several
tenants, many of them foreigners, no one there
knew Alleyne. At another address, which the
media was directed to nearby, a woman who
claimed to be the owner of an apartment said
it had been rented from her for a month by the
Government for use in the election campaign.
After his office had postponed his projected
voting time several times on Monday, Alleyne
ended up not voting after consultation with
--- With reporting by Yvonne Baboolal
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Ian Alleyne says he will be back on air
in 15 days, and yesterday boasted about
getting "so many offers" from different
Alleyne was fielding questions from the
media outside the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court, after appearing in court to answer
the charge of resisting arrest.
Asked what were his plans for the Crime
Watch programme, which was aired on
CNC3 until he became a UNC candidate,
Alleyne said, "As I indicated prior to getting
involved in the political arena, I took some
days off---about 15...let s say about 15 days
from now I should be on the air.
"I wouldn t say it s strange but I ve been
getting so many offers, you know, so many
offers to move across and what not to dif-
He said he was still waiting final word
from his attorney Larry Lalla and was
expected to meet with the management of
CNC3 on Friday, after which he would make
Dr Hamid Ghany, deputy managing direc-
tor/managing editor of Guardian Media Ltd
(GML), CNC3 s parent company, yesterday
confirmed management was due to meet
with Alleyne on Friday.
Alleyne and Errol Fabien had agreed to
withdraw their services from GML when
they decided to contest the St Joseph by-
election, which was held on Monday. Fabien
no longer appeared on Vibe CT 105 s morn-
ing show Mixed Nuts, while CNC3 stopped
airing Alleyne s Crime Watch programme
from October 15.
Before parting ways with the company,
both men met with senior GML manage-
ment, hours after they had filed their nom-
ination papers with the Elections and
Boundaries Commission (EBC).
GML s managing director Gabriel Faria
said then the company s decision to ask
both men to withdraw was part of the com-
pany s policy, which is observed "scrupu-
lously." He added that while Alleyne s show
was a valuable recent addition to CNC3 s
line-up, there were no exceptions to the
"We are enforcing company policy that
once a GML staff member, freelancer or
contractor is active in electoral politics, they
must withdraw from providing services.
"The company policy is that all our sta-
tions---radio and TV, as well as the T&T
Guardian---must be politically neutral," Faria
PNM not afraid of Alleyne
After losing to the PNM s Terrence
Deyalsingh by a margin of 779 votes,
Alleyne said he intended to use his Crime
Watch programme to continue to "mash
up" his political opponents.
But the PNM has made it clear it does
not feel Alleyne is a threat.
Party public relations officer Senator
Faris Al-Rawi yesterday advised Alleyne,
"Go forth and make your best shot, my
friend. You will be as successful as you
were in the by-election."
Describing Deyalsingh as a "man of
integrity, honesty and hard work," Al-
Rawi added that if Alleyne believed he
could also do that, then he should "bring
"We do not really take the UNC seri-
ously, nor are we troubled by anything
that the UNC has to tell us, because they
have been found to be fundamentally dis-
honest," Al-Rawi added.
Asked if he believed Alleyne should be
again welcome on a television programme,
Al-Rawi said the former UNC candidate
was free to ply his trade and to do what
he could to earn a living.
"I will never get in the way of what Mr
Alleyne could lawfully do in this country.
If he intends to make sure that people get
the support that they deserve, in the con-
stituency of St Joseph or otherwise, then
that s to be welcomed.
"The PNM certainly won t frown upon
that. But we are certainly not going to be
worried by any guntalk that he slings after
he has gotten a good licking."
Ian: I'll be back
on air in 15 days
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and defeated UNC St Joseph by-election candidate Ian
Alleyne listen to a speech from one of their colleagues after the party conceded defeat at the
party's constituency office in Aranguez, San Juan, on Monday night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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