AFTER staying mostly silent on his rivals’ activities, People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate for St Joseph, Terrence Deyalsingh, said yesterday it was “improper” for a candidate to initiate projects in a constituency that’s headed for the polls.
Deyalsingh’s closest contender for St Joseph, United National Congress (UNC) candidate, Ian Alleyne, has for the past fortnight carried out road, water and drainage works in the constituency and has been criticised for attempting to buy votes.
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate, Om Lalla, said last week laws should be put in place to prevent this happening again.
Asked about the issue during a walkabout in Maitagual yesterday, Deyalsingh, who later said his “bare bones” campaign was funded mostly by himself and his family, stated:
“It is actually unbelievable for a candidate to be initiating projects. That is the purview of the regional corporations. It is improper.”
Alleyne had defended his actions Monday, saying he was carrying out of the projects for the people of the constituency.
Deyalsingh, who was put ahead of the other candidates in polls conducted in the last week, said the PNM has carried out its own surveys and the figures are “favourable”.
“That’s all I will say on that for now,” a smiling Deyalsingh told the media.
The St Joseph by-election, set for November 4, follows a by-election in July 2013 for the Chaguanas West constituency. That seat was re-captured by now interim leader of the ILP, former UNC chairman Jack Warner.
Deyalsingh was again welcomed enthusiastically, and faced cries heard around the constituency over the past two weeks of the need for upgraded infrastructure and more employment opportunities.