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Volney turns up on Deyalsingh’s trail
Former St Joseph MP Herbert Volney yesterday told People’s National Movement candidate for the St Joseph by-election Terrence Deyalsingh he was a worthy contender for Monday’s election. Volney, who on Wednesday was seen on a walkabout with the Independent Liberal Party’s Om Lalla, approached Deyalsingh at the beginning of a walkabout on Hutton Street, St Joseph, where he quickly shook his hand, whispered words of support and walked away. Asked what Volney had said, Deyalsingh told the media: “He wished me all the best in the campaign and said that I was a worthy contender.” Deyalsingh said he appreciated the sentiment. “Mr Volney will be one of my constituents and it is always good to have the support of your constituents,” he added.
Volney was not the only person showing support for Deyalsingh. As he walked through Hutton Street, an area in which he said he was well known, residents came out hugging him with broad, welcoming smiles. Eugene Jankey, a 73-year-old resident, said he would definitely vote for Deyalsingh because he was a good man. He said an avocado tree and a cherry cotton tree fell against his home on Wednesday, damaging electricity lines, and Deyalsingh, who had been walking unannounced in the area at the time, had organised help for him immediately. “I definitely want him to be my next MP. He is very genuine. He is a good man,” Jankey added. Asked what he thought about the other candidates, he had nothing positive to say. Hutton Street residents seemed genuinely happy to see Deyalsingh. As he passed one woman and her daughter, he asked if she was voting PNM in Monday’s by-election. “Only because it is you,” she answered.
Young men remained quiet while working on a bridge when Deyalsingh passed. One warned photographers not to take any photos of him.
The area, according to residents, had been plagued with drug problems and they hoped Deyalsingh, if elected, would do something to help with the issue. Another woman said she would vote for Deyalsingh because he was a brilliant man. She added: “We have to vote for intelligent men. “Ian Alleyne is not a politician. He is a talk show host. Why should I vote for him? And why is he claiming to be responsible for these projects being done using state funds?” the resident asked. At the top of Hutton Street, Doreen Barnes, 69, said she would most likely vote for Deyalsingh on Monday. “Om Lalla is all right for me, but not Ian Alleyne. I feel like he was for sale. He should not have let himself be bought by the Government. I can’t trust him,” she added.
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