Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 9th 2014 Contents pened in local government polls.
Opposition Leader Keith Rowley s description
of the runoff poll as the real "poison" in the mix
was accurate. Any secondary---morning-after---
poll yielding additional votes for the UNC from
people who rethought their ILP/MSJ/COP
choice would threaten the PNM s intake.
The PNM s harsh reaction was, therefore, com-
mensurate with the potential effect the idea
might have on its election results.
Emboldened by the Government s recent with-
drawal of pension legislation after strong con-
cerns were raised, Rowley s call to the public to
rise up against the runoff will only cast him in
rabble-rouser mode if the Government continues
to fumble on communication opportunities and
clarify the issue.
Rowley s concerns about instability---which he
said the runoff situation might trigger---could
also ricochet on the PNM because of his call for
public pressure on the PP.
Concerns, however, were reinforced after cer-
tain members of the Constitutional Reform
Commission disclosed reservations, calling for the
Government to hold the bill. One member has
referred queries to CRC chairman Prakash
Ramadhar, from whom answers should rightly
have come since Tuesday. Or at Thursday s post-
Cabinet media briefing. Or after Rowley spoke.
Ramadhar may be saving answers for tomor-
row s COP National Council, where members will
raise the issue. Or Monday s debate. More than
other PP speakers, his answers will be the focus
of attention, considering the effects the runoff
could have on his party.
Corrosive effects of the situation have already
manifested within the PP, via yesterday s com-
ment by the Attorney General that CRC member
Hodge s statement was a "hangover" effect of the
COP s recent leadership election, in which former
leader Winston Dookeran---whom Hodge support-
ed in 2010---didn t support Ramadhar.
It remains to unfold just how the Government
plans to hold a partnership together in the face
of legislation that seeks to subsume partners.
PP sources said Ramadhar sought clarification
on the runoff issue at a Thursday meeting and is
likely to support it. But, they said, Dookeran
offered written concerns on the bill, including
alternatives. But those require a special majority
and it s uncertain if Dookeran (or the COP s Car-
olyn Seepersad-Bachan) will speak in debate..
Rowley last night continued to ride on the
wave of his "attack," with an address to the
nation. Which mightn t have been necessary if
the PP s initial address hadn t been lost in trans-
lation. Whether Monday s debate will remedy
that remains to be seen.
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar s early arrival for last
Monday s opening of the parlia-
mentary session bespoke that something
more than a mere formal occasion was
about to be spotlighted.
The disclosure came shortly after,
interrupted briefly as former MP Anil
Roberts resignation letter was circulat-
ed. Since then the wave of controversy
in some quarters which followed her
announcement of several constitutional-
reform proposals has once again put her
administration under the microscope.
Persad-Bissessar s announcement
effectively converted the first sitting of
the last session of Parliament into the
2015 general election launchpad, since
the three aspects---prime ministerial
two-term limit, right of recall and
runoff poll---concern elections.
She may have won Monday s first
round with the element of surprise, hit-
ting the Opposition, which expected a
recess and did not expect anything like
the runoff initiative among constitution-
The PP s adoption of the idea may
also have been a slap in the face for the
PNM, which introduced it for its inter-
nal election, only to find the Govern-
ment now intends to wield it against
The timing and type of the model,
however, has fuelled negative sentiment.
Analyst Derek Ramsamooj put the sur-
prise announcement into perspective
thusly: "In Sun Tzu s Art of War, one is
advised that in entering a political way,
you must have the capacity to change
the political landscape in a manner that
will be advantageous to you. The runoff
poll creates an opportunity to expand
UNC s political appeal by consuming
voters aligned to COP, ILP, MSJ or other
Hence the perception the proffered
package has less to do with empowering
people than empowering the PP, mainly
the UNC, though the formula can back-
fire and work in others favour, as hap-
CONSTITUTIONAL CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Wi h all of he eekl scandals going on in T&T, none
of ou egula commen a o s seemed o no ice he isi
of a eam f om Fifa ha came o look a he o osed
enue fo a ou h de elo men ojec .
As he eam leade ou lined, he budge fo his
majo ou h foo ball de elo men ojec is
US$5 , .
No , 2 ea s ago Fifa s en US$26.3 million o build
he so-called Jao Ha elange Cen e of E cellence, hich.
acco ding o he o ne of he cen e, as a gif f om
So, I ould like o ask Fifa and I am co ing his le e
o M Bla e , ho could Fifa come o T inidad in 2 1
o ins i u e a al US$5 , ou h de elo men
ojec hen 2 ea s ago he made a US$26.3 million
gif o one of hei al ead highl aid em lo ees?
Of cou se, M Wa ne himself should gi e a u hful
ans e o he abo e ues ion, bu hile ha goodl
gen leman occasionall s umbles o e he u h, he
hen icks himself u ui e uickl and mo es on.
Paltry US$.5m from Fifa
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