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General election when it’s due—PM
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says general election will be held in 2015 when it is constitutionally due and not before. “We made several commitments to the people of T&T and as long as God gives me life, health and strength, I will continue to do what I said, what I would do, which is to put the needs of citizens first, to call elections when they are due, even if the pollsters predict it may not be beneficial to my government and I,” she said.
She was speaking on Thursday night during Divali celebrations at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. The next general election is due to be held in 2015. Persad-Bissessar also promised not to negotiate the business of the country with “criminal elements.” “We made commitments not to negotiate and make deals with criminal elements, no matter how politically expedient that may seem to be and to conduct the business of government in a fair and transparent way,” she said.
“No longer must we make governance decisions in the interest of the privileged few but in the interests of all citizens.” During her address she called out to other members of the coalition government who were present at the ceremony. “I acknowledge my brothers and sisters of the partnership who are here tonight and who have stood with us to improve the quality of life of everyone,” she said.
“All that we have accomplished over the past three years are as a result of our unity. I want to commend the members for staying true to the collective mandate you gave us.” The Prime Minister also said the Government cannot solve all the nation’s problems on its own.
“Very often we get caught up in the illusion of a superhero, of one entity being able to achieve it all. But that is not the reality. One organisation, the Government, on its own can never solve the challenges we face daily. But as a united force we can overcome many things,” she said. Secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Satnarayan Maharaj, who also spoke at the event, said since last year Hindu astrologers had determined the date for Divali.
“This year there have been public discussions on whether Divali should be on November 2 or on Sunday, November 3. Our local Hindu astrologers taking into account the different time zones of India and T&T, quite clearly decreed that Divali would be celebrated in T&T Saturday, November 2.” He said “political miscreants” are responsible for trying to confuse the electorate on the date for Divali and the election date for the St Joseph by-election.
“Political miscreants added a touch of political conspiracy when the St Joseph by-election was announced for Monday, November 4,” Maharaj said. “I wish to emphasise that our religious calendar was printed November last year with Divali clearly marked as falling on Saturday, November 2. This calendar was released on November 28, 2012, long before member of Parliament Mr Herbert Volney totally miscalculated the politics of T&T.”
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