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He said he voted against the ILP in the
interest of his community. He said his
burgesses had issues with the representation
of former UNC candidate Falisha Isahak,
who was subsequently put up as an alder-
man by the ILP. He said after a petition he
had with more 600 signature was disre-
garded by the party, he decided to withhold
his support of the ILP as a form of protest.
Earlier, Oudit looked uncomfortable while
political scientist Dr Selwyn Ryan waded
into the ILP and Warner.
Ryan said the ILP was a pickup side and
Warner is 70, an age when he should be
looking for a special kind of insurance.
Oudit was part of a forum on the recent
elections in T&T and their implications for
Beside her at the head table were UNC
deputy political leader Dr Roodal Moonilal,
PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi and Ryan.
Responding to questions on whether the
ILP split the votes in the local government
elections, causing the PNM to win by
default, Oudit said yes.
"The votes were, in fact, split in the Octo-
ber 21 local government elections, but not
in the November 4 St Joseph elections," she
"If you look at the numbers in the local
government elections, whether you call it
splitting or not, the combined votes of the
opposition---the UNC, COP and ILP---would
have defeated the PNM."
This split was not evident in St Joseph,
however, which the PNM also won. Oudit
blamed low voter turnout for that.
"A lot of the floating or independent
voters held back in this election," she said.
Oudit said she did not subscribe to the
general definition of split votes. People just
made their own choices, she said.
Asked by the T&T Guardian if she planned
to stay with the ILP, described by political
analysts as having lost momentum, Oudit
indicated she was staying put.
"It s far more important to help build a
sustainable party," she said.
A constitution is to be ratified and the
party is preparing a manifesto, she said.
A political alliance was not ruled out by
the ILP, she said. The question was with
"The PNM is the only party that has
remained by itself," she noted, giving a hint.
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Former chairman of the Sangre
Grande Regional Corporation Kesh-
war Maharaj has been tipped to
take over control at the National
Cabinet is expected to meet today
to discuss that appointment and
make an announcement subsequent-
ly.The internal operations of the
company have been subject to public
scrutiny since reports surfaced of
mismanagement and financial mis-
conduct under former chairman
Ramkhelewan was dismissed on
October 25 by Finance Minister Larry
Howai, after his ministry conducted
an internal audit. While Howai has
since kept the findings of that audit
private, he said the details could
result in legal action being taken by
A Sunday Guardian report last
week stated that two government
ministers were butting heads over
the control of the state-owned com-
The wrangle stemmed from the
billion-dollar Scott s Quarry, which
provides aggregate for the Govern-
ment s $7.2 billion Solomon Hochoy
Highway extension to Point Fortin
project and the $100 million bypass
at Valencia which has already start-
ed.The Sunday Guardian report stat-
ed that one of the minister s choice
had links to the Sangre Grande
National Quarries falls under the
Ministry of Energy.
Maharaj, in a brief telephone inter-
view yesterday, said he had heard
that he was to be named, but would
wait until the official announcement
"I am ready and willing to serve
when and if the Government calls,"
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Voters made own choices
Ex-Grande corp boss tipped for National Quarries
Terry Ince, director IT and Research at the Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for
Advancement of Women, hands out women's manifestos from local government 2013 to,
from left, Minister of Housing & Urban Development Roodal Moonilal, PNM senator Faris
Al-Rawi, interim ILP leader Lyndira Oudit and political scientist Selwyn Ryan during a
forum on recent elections in T&T, themed "Implications for National Politics," at the Noor
Hassanali Auditorium, UWI, St Augustine, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Oudit on elections results
General Eleanor Donald-
son-Honeywell has said
her resignation letter
does not contain any
report of alleged corrup-
She spoke briefly by
telephone yesterday when
asked by the T&T
Guardian about her recent
resignation from the post.
She was appointed to
the job of Solicitor General
in January 2010, as the
chief legal officer in charge
of all civil litigation against the State and recently
resigned according to confirmation by the Attorney
General on Tuesday. Her resignation takes effect
Ramlogan, who lauded her performance in an
interview on Tuesday, had said they had good rela-
tions and denied Government had put any pressure
on her to quit. He said Donaldson-Honeywell had
resigned for personal reasons and referred queries
Yesterday, Donaldson-Honeywell said she had
learnt her name was mentioned in a story in the
weekly Sunshine newspaper.
The weekly is owned by Independent Liberal
Party political leader Jack Warner, a former senior
minister in the People s Partnership Government.
But Donaldson-Honeywell, explaining her res-
ignation, said: "I didn t make any report of alleged
corruption in my resignation letter.
"It does not contain that and I would agree with
the Attorney General we have had a cordial rela-
tionship. I found him to be a person I did not have
any problems working with."
Saying she would reserve comment on the reason
for her resignation, she added:
"It should not be cast in a negative light. I gave
two months notice and the relationship with the
AG remains cordial." (Gail Alexander)
Solicitor General on quitting:
No report on
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