TERRENCE Deyalsingh, the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) candidate for the St Joseph by-election, yesterday said he will neither be “deterred nor discouraged” by the conflicting results in polls published over the weekend.
Results from a poll conducted by pollster Nigel AR Henry of Solution by Simulation during the period October 25-October 26 gave Deyalsingh a commanding lead in the race. The results of the poll which was commissioned by the Express were published in the October 27, Sunday Express.
However another poll, which was also published over the weekend, stated it was a “close race”.
Speaking to the press during a walkabout in Quarry Road, San Juan yesterday, Deyalsingh said his campaign is not “predicated” on poll results.
“I have been seeing the conflicting poll results. My campaign is not going to be predicated or run by opinion polls,” Deyalsingh said.
“We have a plan. We are sticking to our plan and we are executing our plan...I am neither deterred nor discouraged by polls and I will not be paying much attention to them. I have a plan,” he said.
Deyalsingh said he would not be fazed by the other “personalities” involved in the election.
Television personality Ian Alleyne, is representing the United National Congress (UNC), Om Lalla, Alleyne’s one- time attorney, is representing the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), and comedian Errol Fabien is contesting the election as a independent candidate.
“I have a campaign to run. I am the personality on my campaign and that is the only personality I am focused on,” Deyalsingh said, adding that he feels confident the PNM’s formula for the by-election would be successful.
“I feel excellent. I feel rejuvenated every day. I am happy, I think we have a good formula going forward. We have a simple plan, we are walking, meeting people and getting them to know me and I am getting to know them. So everything is going according to plan,” said Deyalsingh.
“People of different affiliations are greeting the campaign. People are openly coming out and say ‘I am UNC, I am whatever and we are supporting you’ so we are really breaking down some barriers for which I am eternally grateful,” he said.
Deyalsingh said he has opted to take the “high road” in his campaign and there will be “absolutely no bacchanal or mud-slinging”.
He said he feels “vindicated” in his decision to leave the Senate and present himself as a candidate for the by-election.
PNM red jerseys with Deyalsingh’s name and words “Stability, Integrity, Service” were the item of choice along Quarry Road yesterday.
Senator Lester Henry, former PNM Cabinet minister Peter Taylor, and Juliet Davy joined Deyalsingh on his walkabout yesterday.