Jack: Drawing lots makes no sense
‘...Go back to the polls in Chaguanas’
INTERIM political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), Jack Warner, said yesterday Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s comments on the Chaguanas Borough Corporation deadlock are “misleading”, as he repeated calls for a return to the polls.
Warner said Persad-Bissessar’s statements that the 4-4-4 deadlock can be solved by a drawing of lots “makes no sense”, as traditionally, the drawing would have had to take place before the choosing of aldermen.
Last Monday’s local government elections left the ILP with the most votes but tied with the People’s National Movement (PNM) and United National Congress (UNC).
Warner, speaking at a walkabout in Champs Fleurs yesterday with his party’s candidate for the St Joseph by-election, attorney Om Lalla, said the solution appeared to be a return to the electorate.
“Having already assigned aldermen, drawing lots will do nothing,” Warner said.
“It can’t solve the problem. This is the level of misrepresentation I cannot understand.”
He added: “As tiresome as it may become, as burdensome as it may be, the solution may be to go back to the polls.”
Warner said, too, the fact that the ILP has the highest number of votes suggests that it should be allowed control of the corporation.
Warner also issued another call for supporters or individuals who had been fired since the local government elections—which he feels is a result of political victimisation—to assemble at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya today, for a meeting with the ILP’s legal team, including English attorney Andrew Mitchell, QC.
Saying yesterday that victimisation had gone too far under the People’s Partnership Government, Warner again expressed his intention to sue the State on behalf of those discriminated against.
“It has never been so bad,” Warner said.
Today’s meeting at the Centre of Excellence begins at 5 p.m.
On the candidate’s side, Lalla said he has found the support shown to him so far to be “tremendous”.
Saying he was positive of victory, Lalla chose not to be swayed by the results of two separate polls, published at the weekend, that showed him trailing behind the PNM’s Terrence Deyalsingh and the UNC’s Ian Alleyne, the latter being his former close associate.
A poll commissioned by the Express and conducted from October 25 to October 26, by pollster Nigel AR Henry of Solution by Stimulation, showed Alleyne with 26 per cent of the vote, Deyalsingh, in the lead with 39 per cent and Lalla at 19 per cent. See Page 19 —KB