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Parties ready for campaigning
On the eve of the local government election nomination day, at least two parties have signalled that they are ready for the hectic three weeks of campaigning.
The Congress of the People (COP) will be presenting 53 candidates at tomorrow’s launch of the People’s Partnership local government campaign. The COP, in an independent move will also have its own smaller campaign launch in the contentious Tunapuna/Piarco area on Friday. The second launch comes after a heated bi-party negotiation for the large corporation after which the COP walked away victorious.
Party leader Prakash Ramadhar yesterday praised COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan for her role in heading up the successful negotiation team. “The National Council felt very happy and content with the negotiating outcome,” Ramadhar said yesterday. The party held a short media conference after its national council meeting at its headquarters in Charlieville yesterday. “The process of the vetting of the documents started today (Saturday) and would continue tomorrow (Sunday),” he said.
Ramadhar said there has been no joint decision on the St Joseph seat, but he said it has traditionally belonged to the United National Congress (UNC). “I’ve had preliminary discussions with the Prime Minister and I really don’t see any grave difficulty in working that through,” he said. “That is not to say the COP is not interested in it, but we would look and see what is best in terms of the viability. “One step at a time,” he added.
Leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner has already gone past the local government election process and has began screening candidates for the St Joseph seat. “We have already screened seven candidates and have two more to look at,” Warner said in a telephone interview yesterday. For the local government election though, Warner said the ILP screened 516 people for 16 locations. He said his party is not “importing” anyone, but have stuck with “local habitat” for the corporations.
“A lot of people are professionals, accountants, lawyers and that speaks volumes,” Warner said. Warner is expected to launch his campaign today in Endeavour, Chaguanas.
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