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Muslims: No Ramadan poll

By Sue-Ann Wayow

MUSLIM leaders agree with Jack Warner that the by-election for the Chaguanas West seat should not be held in the month of Ramadan.

During a cottage meeting on Monday, Warner urged Government not to call the election between July 9 and August 9 when Muslims pray and fast in observance of Eid-ul-Fitr.

During a sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, Speaker Wade Mark is expected to declare the Chaguanas West seat left vacant when Warner resigned.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar will anytime from then name the date of the by-election which must be held within 90 days.

President of the  Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association (ASJA) board, Yacoob Ali, agreed with Warner.

Ali said, “It is courtesy to the Muslim community if the election is held other than the month of Ramadan.”

General secretary of the Trinidad Muslim League (TML), Azid Ali,  said it would be courteous to the Muslim community to not have the election during the month of Ramadan.

 He said an ideal date would be July 8 which is a Monday and schools will be closed on that day. He said Ramadan will officially begin on July 10.

Tackveeyatul Islamic Association (TIA) member Imtiaz Ali agrees that elections should not be held during the month of Ramadan. 

“It should not be during that period at all. That is a time for fasting and Muslims would not want to get caught up with all the voting and such,” he said.

Ali said after the month of Ramadan would be better suited for such an election. 

And president of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) Harrypersad Maharaj said, “It is my personal view that it should not be a problem to have elections during Ramadan as long as it is not on Eid or something. But, I will speak with my Muslim colleagues to find out if it contradicts in anyway with their fasting.” 

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