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New party for local govt polls
Two women from Princes Town have launched a new political party, Standards, Environment, Economy, Recreation and Social (SEERs) to contest the October 21 local government election.
SEERs’ political leader is Wilma Moore-Luces, a social worker. Her running mate is Cherryl Joseph, a social worker and minister of religion. The party is based at 125 Sixth Company Circular, New Grant, and was registered with the Elections and Boundaries Commission last December. SEERs’ symbol is a purple heart on an open hand, placed on the cover of a book. The book represents knowledge, the palm, a helping hand and the heart compassion and understanding. The party’s colour is blue and its slogan: “We are able.” So far the party has three candidates, but they are hoping that by Nomination Day on September 30, that number will increase. Moore-Luces, 56, who has a bachelor’s degree in strategic leadership and management, said over the past 25 years she has been an agent of change, lifting the standards of culture, behaviour and morale of those who felt ostracised, not only in her community of Princes Town, but across the country.
Moore-Luces said she has come to the understanding that only political power can make a significant difference, hence her transformation from social worker to politician.
A mother and grandmother, Moore-Luces admitted she and her team lack political savvy, but she is willing to try. “I have a proven track record and if I could do so much in my community, I believe I could put the structures in place to contribute to the national development of my country.” She will be contesting the Hindustan/St Mary’s electoral district in the local elections. Joseph, a mother of three and adopted mother of four, said in her 57 years the only politics she had engaged in was exercising her franchise to vote. She said she never dreamt of getting involved in active politics “but after watching the situation in our nation, I was really moved do something.” Joseph said the gruesome decapitation of a man in Port-of-Spain a few weeks ago gave her the motivation to go forward.
“That could have been a member of my family, so now I am more purposeful, determined to do whatever we in SEERs can do as a team to make a difference and bring about new hope.” Joseph, who preaches at Believers Training Centre in Princes Town, said politics is part of her religious calling. “I cannot separate the two. I am part of this nation and I believe our ideas and suggestions can be used to bring about change in this nation.” Joseph, who is originally from Carenage, will be contesting the Chaguaramas/Pt Cumana Carenage seat. “I was born, raised and schooled in Carenage. I moved to Princes Town when my husband died, ten years ago, but my heart is in Carenage.” She said she understands the area and already has the support of her family, who still live there, as well as the community.
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