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Prime Minister rules out return to polls
There is no need for citizens to go back to the polls to resolve the political deadlock in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. She was responding to statements by political leader of the independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner who said if the deadlock is not resolved parties would have to go back to the polls.
The People’s National Movement (PNM) and United National Congress have three councillors and one alderman each, while the ILP has two councillors and two aldermen. The parties have not been able to negotiate for control of the corporation. “The law makes provision as to what will happen there...If it is that there is a deadlock then we draw lots,” Persad-Bissessar said. She said the situation was not unique as it had happened in Mayaro and in Siparia several years ago.
“There is precedent as to if there is a hung corporation or a deadlock something can be done...There is no need in law to go back to the electorate,” she said. Persad-Bissessar accompanied UNC candidate for St Joseph, Ian Alleyne, on a walkabout in Bamboo Settlement 1, Valsayn. Asked to comment on a poll conducted by Guardian Media Limited which showed the PNM ahead of the other parties, Persad-Bissessar said she remained confident.
“The poll is a snapshot of a single day and a day in politics is like a year. We have a week and in that week we will do all that we can. Our candidate is out in the field meeting and greeting and I am confident that we will win this seat,” she said. Persad-Bissessar denied claims her party was only doing work in the St Joseph constituency because of elections. “That is not strictly true. We are doing more work, we have been doing more work in all areas. There has been more delivery in this third year throughout T&T,” she said.
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