Party reps field questions at Local Government debate
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THE Independent Liberal Party (ILP) has the solution to this country's crime scourge, however the party will not reveal that plan now for fear of it being 'copied'.
When the ILP gets into government it will reveal the plan.
So said Kenneth Roach the ILP's representative at the first of two live debates being hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission (TTDC) in the build up to the upcoming local government election.
Last night the TTDC hosted the Senior Party Representatives' debate at the CNMG Studios on Maraval Road in Port of Spain.
The Senior Party Representatives' debate is the first of two debates being held ahead of the October 21 local government elections.
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, the deputy political leader of the United National Congress (UNC) represented the People's Partnership coalition at last night's debate.
Rounding off the line up of debaters were Opposition Member of Parliament Colm Imbert representing the People's National Movement (PNM) and Akins Vidale for the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ).
No women represented any of the four parties.
Founding president of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers Wesley Gibbings was the debate's moderator.
Apart from crime, questions raised during the debate were the strength of the coalition government, the return of the property tax and the issue of proportional representation.
Rambachan defended the cohesiveness of the People's Partnership inspite of calls by the Congress of the People (COP) to be able to enter the debate.
Vidale said the departure of the MSJ, a former coalition member, signalled that the partnership was no longer in existence.
Imbert said the coalition is in a "comatose state" and one "life support".
Rambachan said the People's Partnership's inclusion of proportional representation was an answer to the call of the people.
Imbert said it was a "vaps" and Vidale labelled it as "politicking".
Roach was cut short from delivering his response on several occasions.
Debaters were given 30 seconds to respond to issues.
Imbert wore a plain blue tie to the debate foregoing his PNM balisier tie as it was against the rules of the debate.
The TTDC is expected to host a Leaders' debate next Tuesday.
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