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MSJ reveals local govt candidates
In a surprise move, the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) yesterday revealed 12 of its candidates for the October 21 local government elections. Political leader David Abdulah said, as he stood to address the audience at the Assembly of Citizens Empowered at Bishop Anstey High School, East Auditorium, Trincity, that he was unaware of the surprise move and it had been organised by other executive members of the party. He said, however, that there would be more candidates for the upcoming elections. Saying that it was not really a campaign rally but an assembly of citizens, Abdulah said he had no idea that it was going to occur. He said: “I think it was important for all of us to see who our candidates are and we have more. Some of whom we are going to be screening this afternoon and finalising for another seat in the San Juan Regional Corporation. And there are others we are talking with over the next few days... certainly by Monday 30 we plan to have another ten candidates or so.”
Candidates were revealed for specific areas in seven of the 14 municipalities—Point Fortin, Diego Martin, Tunapuna/Piarco, Siparia, Chaguanas, Arima and Princes Town. The party’s executive member and moderator for the event, Akins Vidale, said the party wanted to have at least one blue area in the election and called three candidates for the corporation. Several citizens attended the MSJ initiative led by the Concerned Citizens Coalition which held a discussion on the issue of governance and political change in T&T. Among them were Highway Re-route Movement leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh and Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation’s (Caiso) Colin Robinson. The party's youth representative Ife Smith, lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Dr Gabrielle Hosein, Sunity Maharaj, director at the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies and Abdulah led a panel discussion on the issue.
Several concerns were raised during the discussions among them the state of education and healthcare in the country, the preparation necessary for change and the status quo, gender and equality. The Re-route Movement invited the members to its vigil outside of the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, next week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Residents, as well as Abdulah, raised the issue of the proposed sporting complex to be constructed by the Government at a field in Tacarigua, near to the Eddie Hart grounds. The residents said they were opposed to the loss of the green space in the area and that many residents were not consulted on the matter. Abdulah also said in an effort at creating true change, he proposed continuation of the assembly after the election. He said a charter will be drafted between the concerned citizens coalition and individuals.
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