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March 16, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Contender for the leadership
of the People s National Move-
ment (PNM), Pennelope Beck-
les-Robinson, is expected to
"officially" name her campaign
manager later today.
Beckles-Robinson and two of
her supporters took an early
morning walk in the Port-of-
Spain market yesterday and
handed out several red caps with
the words "Penny for Leader"
sewn along the sides.
"There is a team, but we will
officially name the manager and
the others after the meeting,"
The Sunday Guardian under-
stands that former minister and
PNM chairman Conrad Enill has
been approached for the posi-
As the PNM internal election
heats up, Beckles-Robinson says
she was not happy with the
veiled threats and victimisation
levelled at her supporters since
she announced her bid for the
"You expect the banter and
the picong but some of the
intimidation and some of the
threats that people are saying is
coming their way, I don t par-
ticularly like it. In the campaign,
you cannot really tell exactly
what will happen. But I am not
going to let that faze me," she
She said the threats were not
directed to the people on her
"But you would have heard
comments like, if you support
the other side, if you don t sup-
port this one or the other one,
when they get in office it could
affect employment and other
things. Really that ought not to
be how we run the campaign."
Despite those issues, Beckles-
Robinson said she was not going
to let herself be "distracted."
"If you have made the decision
to run for leadership, you under-
stand that you have to hit the
road and you don t expect any
favours. If you have offered your-
self to run, you have to deal with
the challenges that come your
She said if she were to win
the upcoming internal election,
her first aim would be to "heal"
the party and prepare for the
2015 general election.
...yet to name her campaign manager
Candidate for the post of political leader of People's National Movement Pennelope Beckles-Robinson,
left, greets Jocelyn Dubois during her tour of the Port-of-Spain Market, yesterday, in the run-up to the
party's May 18 internal election. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
A photo on Page A7 of the Sunday Guardian
dated March 9 incorrectly names the president of
the Nigerian Women's Organisation, Justina
Nkemakolam, as Maureen Modiselle---who is the
South African High Commissioner. The error is
GETTING IT RIGHT
Former president Arthur NR
Robinson remains hospitalised
at the St Clair Medical Hospital
and up to late yesterday his con-
dition remained the same.
It was reported that Robinson
was taken to the private hospital
by relatives at approximately 9
pm on Thursday. Robinson has
been hospitalised several times in
the past few years for conditions
such as high blood pressure, glau-
coma, as well as heart and pros-
A phone call to Health Minister
Fuad Khan yesterday confirmed
that Robinson s condition
remained unchanged, and Khan
said he had not been apprised of
Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar had also visited
Robinson on Friday at the pri-
She was quoted as saying, "I
am very pleased that he acknowl-
edged when I spoke to him. He
did not speak, but he nodded his
head when I spoke to him."
Robinson served as this coun-
try s prime minister from 1986 to
1991 and was the country s third
president from 1997 to 2003.
Robinson still warded at St Clair
...condition remains the same
The latest North American Caribbean Teachers
Association (Nacta) poll released yesterday, gave
People s National Movement leader Dr Keith
Rowley the edge over contender Pennelope Beck-
The poll interviewed 490 voters---44 per cent
Indians, 37 per cent Africans, 18 per cent mixed
and one per cent other.
The poll questioned people of all parties "not
PNMites alone" and found that 52 per cent of the
respondents believed Rowley would win the May
18 internal election, while 34 per cent thought
Beckles-Robinson would be successful. Fourteen
per cent had "no response."
"But when asked whom they prefer to win the
leadership, it was a much closer contest with Row-
ley leading Penny by only four per cent," the poll
When that four per cent is matched up against
the margin of error in such polls, it puts Rowley
and Beckles-Robinson in a statistical tie.
The poll also found that Beckles-Robinson drew
much of her support from among Indo-Trinida-
dians "with Indo-Trinidadians overwhelmingly
preferring her over Rowley."
The poll was narrowed to just PNM supporters
and found that Rowley earned 57 per cent, while
Beckles-Robinson got 30 per cent and 13 per cent
preferred not to respond.
"Afro-Trinidadians overwhelmingly prefer Row-
ley over Penny," the report stated.
The poll also asked voters who among Prime
Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, Rowley and Beck-
les-Robinson they believe could "unite all of T&T."
The results of that poll showed that Persad-Bisses-
sar held the lead with 45 per cent, Rowley at 28
per cent, and Penny at 16 per cent, while 11 per
cent did not offer a response.
has the edge
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