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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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EBC denies PNM claim on three local government seats
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has no evidence or information that there are disqualifications of any local government candidate or any declaration of disqualification in any seat. Chief elections officer Ramesh Nanan made that clear yesterday after the Opposition PNM issued a statement headed “PNM claims three seats in Tunapuna-Piarco.”
In the statement, the PNM called on the EBC to declare invalid the candidacies of three people who the PNM said were UNC members “who attempted to qualify to contest the elections as COP members.” The PNM claimed this was in violation of EBC rules. The three seat are Caura/Paradise/Tacarigua, D’Abadie/Carapo and Five Rivers/Lopinot. PNM claimed the three candidates “falsely alleged they were COP members and at the time of their registration were not valid COP members.”
The PNM said it awaited confirmation by the EBC before “embarking on the next step” and also claimed COP general secretary Clive Weatherhead was unable to confirm the candidates were COP members. But Weatherhead said yesterday that the Representation of the People Act did not require anything more than a valid nomination form and valid statutory declaration. He said the only requirement in law was to have a symbol and “for candidates to have authorisation to use that.”
Weatherhead said the candidates were authorised by COP to use the COP’s symbol. Other EBC officials said the EBC was not yet aware whether or not the ILP candidate who was detained on Tuesday with a gun and ammunition had been charged.
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