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Results a wake up call—Ramadhar
Congress of the People (COP) leader Prakash Ramadhar last night said the result of the St Joseph by-election was a wake-up call for the Government. In a statement issued at 10.16 pm, Ramadhar congratulated the People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate Terrence Deyalsingh on his win. Even so, Ramadhar noted that turnout in Monday’s contest was lower than in 2010 and failed to deliver a majority mandate to any candidate or political party—something he said should concern all parties. The COP leader noted the close race run by Partnership candidate Ian Alleyne, despite poll predictions that the PNM would win in a landslide. “The Partnership’s performance sends a strong message,” he said, “that people are not interested in returning to the failed policies of the past and nor were they swayed by the empty rhetoric of the ILP.”
Ramadhar added, however, that “the fact remains that a majority of the votes cast in this contest were cast against the People’s Partnership—and that should be a wake-up call for this government, especially given how much goodwill the coalition enjoyed upon entering government. “However much encouragement we can take, the bottom line is that the opposition prevailed,” Ramadhar added. “It is clear that we as a government must learn from these election results and take significant steps to attract new, and win back old, supporters. “I have full confidence that if we rediscover the Partnership’s original founding principles of citizen-led reform, sustainable development and economic growth, we can recover from this setback and make a more inclusive ‘new politics’ a reality.”
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