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Deyalsingh anxious to get going on PNM trail
Prospective People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate for the November 4 by-election in St Joseph Senator Terrence Deyalsingh says he wants to be MP for all. Deyalsingh said this yesterday in a brief interview with the T&T Guardian after a meeting to plan his campaign. He was not prepared to disclose the name of his campaign manager yesterday.
Deyalsingh was appointed to the Senate in a temporary capacity on October 17, 2010 and served in that capacity for two weeks. He was then appointed to serve as senator on November 2, 2010 to present. He was selected by the PNM to contest the by-election during a screening exercise on Sunday. Deyalsingh said he was “humbled by the party having faith in me and I am tremendously excited to offer myself for public service.”
Deyalsingh said it was his intention, should he be elected, “to bring a sense of pride back to St Joseph.” House Speaker declared Herbert Volney’s seat vacant on September 9, but 14 days had to elapse for Volney to file legal action against the ruling. After promising to challenge Mark’s ruling Volney had a change of mind and did not. Consequently on September 27 Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the election date.
Deyalsingh said under Volney the people of St Joseph experienced three years of turmoil and he wanted to “restore sanity to the constituency.” Deyalsingh, who was a lecturer in business and marketing at the Institute of Training and Development before becoming a senator, said he wanted to represent “the entire constituency and all diverse parts, including Valsayn, Aranjuez, Bamboo Settlement, Mt Hope, Mt Dor and the town of St Joseph.”
Deyalsingh said he will speak on several issues on the campaign, including public procurement, governance and a lack of government accountability. Deyalsingh, 56, is married and the father of two children. The People’s Partnership has not announced its candidate for the by-election as yet, although the Independent Liberal Party’s leader Jack Warner has said that National Infrastructure Development Company’s president Dr Carson Charles was expected to be the PPs choice.
Warner has not announced his party’s choice as yet. The PNM and prospective Independent candidate Errol Fabien collected nomination papers during yesterday’s Elections and Boundaries Commission’s (EBC) test run. No other parties representatives showed up, the EBC said.
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