...No unfair advantage for Ian, says AG
ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday he saw “nothing wrong” with community projects being carried out in St. Joseph by United National Congress (UNC) by-election candidate for that area, Ian Alleyne.
Alleyne, who has for the past two weeks carried out upgrades on roads, water lines and drains in the constituency, does not necessarily have the advantage over his rivals, Ramlogan said yesterday.
“There is no question of unfair advantage,” Ramlogan said.
“If that were the case, then no Government would ever be voted out of office. The incumbent Government would always have the advantage.”
Addressing the press after a Divali celebration at the Office of the Attorney General on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Ramlogan said it would be unacceptable to stop work in a community because of elections.
“I see nothing wrong with a Government serving the people,” Ramlogan said, though he did not address Alleyne’s claims that he, Alleyne, had handed out State contracts for work to be done in several St Joseph communities.
St Joseph constituents go to the polls on November 4, with Alleyne going up against Terrence Deyalsingh for the People’s National Movement (PNM) and Om Lalla for the Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
Asked about Lalla’s statement Tuesday, that legal action could be taken against Alleyne for his actions in St Joseph, Ramlogan said:
“The DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) would have to determine that.”
He added that Lalla’s statement are at this time “glib political rhetoric”.
Ramlogan also repeated his statements on Tuesday that the 4-4-4 deadlock for the Chaguanas Borough Corporation did not have to be solved with a return to the polls as the country is now “election weary”.
The suggestion to return to the electorate for a resolution has been touted mostly by ILP interim leader Jack Warner.
Ramlogan said municipal law has provided for this type of situation, in that the sitting mayor can lead the council until a new mayor is elected.
He said the Government was also eager to move on with the “business of the day”, from November 5, after the St Joseph by-election.
The AG took the opportunity to praise the newly formed Highway Patrol Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, which last Sunday foiled the kidnapping of a man.
Officers on patrol in the Caroni Surveillance Bay area had stopped to question two men parked along the north-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, when they heard tapping sounds coming from the truck of the men’s B-13 sedan. The officers discovered a man tied up in the trunk of the vehicle.
Ramlogan said Insp Knutt and constables Sealey and Cassie of the unit were “deserving of praise” and their work had not gone unnoticed.
While the officers of the service at large were also deserving of the “love and respect” of the nation, Ramlogan said it was noted that the commendation of $500, awarded to the three officers, was not enough.