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KAMLA: WE WILL WIN
Prime Minister confident about St Joseph despite opinion polls
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday surveys were just a snapshot of the present, as she responded to questions about an Express poll that put the United National Congress (UNC) behind the Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) in the upcoming St Joseph by-election.
Persad-Bissessar was yesterday braving the blistering afternoon sun to walk through Bamboo Number One, with St Joseph by-election candidate, Ian Alleyne, when, in a brief interview with the press, she expressed confidence of winning the November 4 by-election.
The Express-commissioned poll, conducted during the period October 25 to October 26 by pollster Nigel AR Henry of Solution by Stimulation, showed Alleyne with 26 per cent of the vote and PNM candidate, Terrence Deyalsingh, in the lead with 39 per cent.
The Independent Liberal Party (ILP), led in the interim by Jack Warner, was in third place with its candidate, attorney Om Lalla, at 19 per cent. Fourteen per cent of the constituents polled were at the time “undecided”.
Persad-Bissessar, flanked by Alleyne, said yesterday, “A poll is a snapshot of a single day. A day in politics is like a year. We have many more years to come because we have some days to go before the election.”
The PM said her Government in the meantime continues to work throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Persad-Bissessar, asked about the Chaguanas Borough Corporation stalemate, again commented that there is no need to return to the electorate.
Last Monday’s local government elections split the corporation, previously controlled by the United National Congress, into a 4-4-4 polling result with the UNC, ILP and the PNM.
Asked since then about the possibility of joining with the ILP, led in the interim by her former Cabinet minister Jack Warner, Persad-Bissessar has said that while her party wants what is in the best interest of the citizens, it “will not engage in any negotiations with any party which supports criminals”.
Yesterday she stated, “We have had this situation before in the Mayaro corporation. There are laws to deal with that.”
The Prime Minister and Alleyne were warmly welcomed in Bamboo Number One.
The pair were hugged by many and offered words of encouragement for the by-election and for the future.
Some residents even dressed their babies in yellow, bringing them out to be “blessed” by Persad-Bissessar and Alleyne.
There was not much time for complaints as the walkabout swept through but some residents did manage to tell Persad-Bissessar and Alleyne there were some issues in the area, among the them the need for better drainage.