some of CA candidatea
Wendell Mottley, Port of Spain South; John Ricardo Laquis, Diego Martin East; Jankee Raghunanan, Port of Spain North; Eldon Coker, St Ann’s East; Jo-Anne Hosein, Diego Martin Central; Kofi Applewhite, Laventille West; Anthony Joseph, Laventille East/Morvant; Sam Salloum, St Augustine; Andrew Jackie, Tunapuna; Rocky Garcia, Diego Martin West; Imtiaz Ali, Chaguanas; Daeshan Ramdeen, Nariva;Errol Fakira, Princes Town; Ralphy Ramcharan, Oropouche; Charmaine Asevero-Modeste, La Brea. Daren McCleod, San Fernando East; Lee Keith, Tabaquite; Ronnie Phillip, San Juan/Barataria; Elizabeth Solomon, Arima.
PNM candidates 2002
1. Zilda Pariagh—Nariva
2. Daniel Dookie—Pointe-a-Pierre
3. Colm Imbert—Diego Martin East
4. Arthur Sanderson—Fyzabad
5. Eudine Job-Davis—Tobago East
6. Raffie Mohammed—Caroni Central
7. Lawrence Achong—Point Fortin
8. Fitzgerald Hinds—Laventille East/Morvant
9. Rantanlal Bunsee—Princes Town
10. Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul Mc Nicol—St Joseph
11. Keith Rowley—Diego Martin West
12. Fiaz Ali—Barataria/San Juan
13. Roopnarine Ragoo—Siparia
14. Camille Robinson-Regis—Arouca South
15. Ian Alleyne—Chaguanas
16. Hedwige Bereaux—La Brea
17. Pennelope Beckles
18. Edward Hart—Tunapuna
19. Esau Rafez Mohammed—St Augustine
20. Kenneth Valley—Diego Martin Central
21. Micahel Harrilal—Tabaquite
22. Eulalie James—Laventille West
23. Heather Sedano—Oropouche
24. Anthony Roberts—St Ann's East
25. Eric Williams—Port of Spain
26. Jarette Narine—Arouca North
27. Franklin Khan—Ortoire/Mayaro
28. Stanford Callender—Tobago West
29. Dianne Seukeran—San Fernando West
30. John Rahael—Port of Spain North/ St Ann's West
31. Romando Rampersad—Couva North
32. Tricia Jitta—Naparima
33. Roger Boynes—Toco/Manzanilla
34. Lyndsay Parmashwar—Caroni East
35. Anthony Khan—Couva South
36. Patrick Manning—San Fernando East.
UNC Candidates 2002
By LOUIS B HOMER
The UNC will not be putting up any candidates in Tobago. Yesterday the party presented its 34 candidates at a mass meeting held at Mid-Centre Mall, Chaguanas. Among the newcomers was Winston Dookeran, a former minister in the NAR government and former governor of the Central Bank.
Couva North: Basdeo Panday
Diego Martin Central: Dr Carson Charles
Tabaquite: Dr Adesh Nanan
St Ann’s East: Anthony Nero
Barataria/San Juan: Dr Fuad Khan
Arouca South: Arlene Maingot-Alexis
Nariva: Harry Partap
La Brea: Norris Ferguson
Oropouche: Dr Roodal Moonilal
Arouca North: Richard Thomas
Fyzabad: Chandresh Sharma
Ortoire/Mayaro: Winston Peters
Siparia: Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Princes Town: Subhas Panday
POS North/St Ann’s West: Elizabeth Awai
Diego Martin East: Garvin Nicholas
Laventille East/Morvant: Patricia Herry
Chaguanas: Manohar Ramsaran
San Fernando East: Carol Cuffy-Dowlat
Port of Spain South: Frank Ferriera
Toco/Manzanilla: Anil Juteram
Diego Martin West: James Lambert
Caroni East: Ganga Singh
Naparima: Nizam Baksh
Laventille West: Princess Smart
Caroni Central: Dr Hamza Rafeeq
Pt Fortin: Dr Vincent Lasse
Couva South: Kelvin Ramnath
Arima: Dr Jennifer Kernahan
St. Joseph: Gerald Yetming
Pointe-a-Pierre: Gillian Lucky
San Fernando: West Sadiq Baksh
St. Augustine: Winston Dookeran.
Quick Political Recap
By RICHARD LORD (Express)
GENERAL ELECTIONS will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on October 7, 2002. This will be the third such elections in less than three years for the people of this country. General Elections are normally held once every five years. But because the former UNC Government of Basdeo Panday had effectively collapsed in October 2001 because three of its ministers, including the Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, had publicly expressed a lack of support for the then Prime Minister, Panday called the polls for December 10, exactly one year into his five-year term. When the results were declared on the night of December 10, it was revealed that both the UNC and the PNM had won 18 seats each of the 36-seat Parliament.
This unprecedented development forced President Arthur NR Robinson to call the two political leaders of the respective parties, Panday and Patrick Manning, to initiate discussions on a process for a Prime Minister to be appointed.
At the end of the deliberations, the two leaders agreed on a course of action which accepted that the President as provided for in the Constitution should appoint a Prime Minister. Panday, it was later learned, was expecting the President to appoint him because of his incumbency. But President Robinson instead appointed Manning. When the Parliament was convened almost exactly six months after the last sitting, Manning was unable to show that he held the support of the majority of MPs in the House of Representatives as the Government failed to elect a Speaker which was the first order of business. Manning made a second attempt to elect a Speaker in August but failed again.
This was the first reason he had to advise the President to dissolve the Parliament and call elections for next month.
The other main reason for this action is that the national budget which was approved in Parliament under the UNC Government in September 2001 would have expired at the end of September 2002. The law provides for one-twelfth of that figure to be used without Parliamentary approval for one month following, that is the month of October. In order to bring a new Budget, Manning had to first seek the fresh mandate of the population, so he set October 7 as the election date.
The two major parties are expected to launch their campaigns and present their candidates in stronghold constituencies on Sunday afternoon (September 15). The PNM will be Port of Spain South at Woodford Square, the traditional venue, while the UNC will launch in the constituency in which it got the highest number of votes, Chaguanas, at Mid Centre Mall.
The issue of violence during the campaign has surfaced and Panday has called on the Inter-Religious Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago to draft a Code of Conduct for the campaign. The election is expected to be one of the keenest contests as all opinion polls have either predicted another 18/18 deadlock or at best a 19/17 victory for the PNM.
Both the PNM and the UNC have spoken of the need for constitutional reform. In order to do this, the Government must win at least 24 seats. This seems very unlikely for any party. A former PNM minister of finance, Wendell Mottley, has formed a new party, Citizens Alliance. He is expected to contest a PNM-stronghold seat, Port of Spain South, now held by Eric Williams. Mottley had said that he intends to break the deadlock by winning that seat.
NAR pulls out in Trinidad
By Curtis Williams
The National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) has pulled out of the electoral race in Trinidad and will only be fielding two candidates in its stronghold of Tobago for the October 7 general election. This was announced yesterday by the party’s political leader, Lennox Sankersingh, who said the decision was based on the NAR’s dim prospect of winning a seat in Trinidad and its lack of financial and human resources. Sankersingh said: “The country is so polarised along the lines of race, it is difficult for a party of the centre to have any significant effect on the electorate.” Speaking at a news conference at NAR headquarters, Duke Street, Port of Spain, he argued that the NAR had reversed the trend of declining support in Tobago and was now confident of winning both seats in the sister isle. Sankersingh said the people of Tobago had to realise that they had the potential to break the political deadlock since neither the PNM nor the UNC could win sufficient seats in Trinidad to comfortably govern. Asked which of the major parties the NAR would support should it again hold the balance of power, Sankersingh said the NAR found it almost impossible to work with the PNM since it had a philosophy of “standing alone”. But the NAR leader would not say if his party would support the UNC, insisting that there was no accommodation between the two political parties although the UNC was not contesting in Tobago and the NAR not contesting in Trinidad. NAR sources in Tobago told the Express that the Trinidad arm of the party was told that any talk of a UNC/NAR accommodation would turn off Tobago voters because of the strained relations between the former UNC government and the former NAR-run Tobago House of Assembly. Sankersingh denied this, saying the NAR Tobago and Trinidad arms enjoyed a good working relationship. He added that while the party appeared to be stagnant in Trinidad it would not give up its struggle to unite the country and would remain in the politics.
Churches issue election code of conduct
The Christian Council, the Evangelical Council and the Inter-Religious Organisation of T&T have issued a Code of Conduct which will form a basis for the upcoming general election. They have urged the people to co-operate with the Elections and Boundaries Commission and the Police Service who are trying to cope with the pressures of the political campaigning. In release yesterday, the Councils stated: “Though it is our civic duty to vote, the good of the nation is often sacrificed in the interest of the party.” They noted no political or electoral system was perfect and therefore it is important that the elections be free and fair.
Political parties, politicians and party supporters:
• Avoid character assassination and/or scurrilous attacks on their opponents;
• Avoid language that is racist, sexist or intolerant of others;
• Avoid half-truths and misinterpretations which confuse issues and mislead the electorate;
• Adhere to the regulations governing the conduct of elections;
• Resist the temptation to use the threat of victimisation in any form or fashion in order to gain votes or to intimidate the electorate;
• Shun all forms of violence and act with despatch to diffuse any situation which might lead to violence.
Those eligible to vote:
• Recognise that every vote counts, and not neglect to exercise this right;
• Weigh and examine very carefully the claims and promises made by the parties and the candidates;
• Reject any attempt to win your vote by any form of bribery or promise of special consideration;
• Reject any invitation to join in the harassment of those whose political views are contrary to those you hold;
• Hold the tradition built up over the years that we are a nation where “every creed and race find an equal place”;
• Consider that integrity, impartiality, good character and sound judgment are qualities required of those to be chosen.
• Remember the tremendous influence they wield over the public;
• Discharge responsibility in reporting news and views with bias towards none and fairness to all;
• Avoid the temptation of sensational reporting;
• Be scrupulous in the search for what is true and honest;
• Remember that the Freedom of the Press is one of the pillars required to build up the community rather than to destroy it.
ACTUALLY SINCE ELECTIONS CALL I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANYMORE KIDDNAPPINGS????