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COP, UNC to run separate campaigns
The Congress of the People (COP) and the United National Congress (UNC) will be campaigning separately in the respective corporations they are contesting following last night’s (Monday’s) campaign launch in San Fernando, says COP acting general secretary Clive Weatherhead. The PP coalition last night launched its local government campaign at Harris Promenade, San Fernando, presenting candidates and plans. Asked to comment on the People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Keith Rowley’s accusation on Sunday that the COP was “dead,” COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan and other COP officials said that would be dealt with at the PP launch last night.
The COP is contesting five corporations, NJAC Pt Fortin and the UNC is contesting the other eight corporations in the October 21 polls. Weatherhead said parties would be campaigning in the areas they were contesting, rather than as a whole, after last night’s launch, and the COP would hold other meetings, including one in Tunapuna on Friday. The UNC’s Rienzi Complex secretariat said outgoing UNC councillors and candidates would be organising meetings and campaigning in the UNC’s eight selected corporations. The Movement for Social Justice would not be having a big campaign launch but would be concentrating on ground campaign work, MSJ leader David Abdulah said on Sunday.
MSJ is contesting seats in seven corporations in South, the northwest and the East-West Corridor. Abdulah said the MSJ did not have big financiers to fund a large campaign launch and nightly meetings, so it was focusing on one-on-one campaigning. ILP officials said meetings would continue from Thursday in San Fernando, Arima, Couva, Chaguanas, Tunapuna, Penal, San Juan-Laventille and Diego Martin, and conclude with a rally at Chaguanas on October 19. The PNM’s secretariat said campaign meetings would continue today with a walkabout and meeting in Rio Claro. The PNM will be in Sangre Grande tomorrow, San Fernando on Thursday, Arima on Friday and St James on Saturday.
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