Glenn denies food card bribe in Point Fortin
SUSAN MOHAMMED firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTER of the People and Social Development Glenn Ramadharsingh yesterday denied that 800 food cards were distributed by the United National Congress (UNC) as alleged by officials of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and People's National Movement (PNM).
Ramadharsingh, in a telephone interview, said food cards were given
out to persons "in serious or desperate circumstances".
The Movement for Social Justice on Wednesday issued a statement, claiming that campaigners at the UNC office near Frisco Junction had
distributed hundreds of food cards.
The MSJ stated "this abuse of power and breach of process and the Government’s willingness to stoop to any level to try to garner votes. There is a process involved in accessing food cards. This wild distribution of food cards is therefore a clear attempt by the Government to sway voters in that area, just a few days before the Local Government elections".
However, Ramadharsingh told the Express: "I don't think there is any truth in that at all. That number being handed out is really unbelievable. Councillors are making requests from the food card department, but they (the cards) are not handed out like that. A temporary food card may be given out in the place of a hamper.
"When people say these things they must have proof of it," said Ramadharsingh.