Leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley has called on citizens to not forget the missteps and misdeeds of the People’s Partnership Government as they head to the polls to vote in tomorrow’s Local Government elections.
Standing before PNM supporters who braved yesterday’s inclement weather and the muddy savannah of the Eddie Hart Grounds in Tacarigua, Rowley— who spoke under a theme “Believe”— made his final bid to secure the majority vote before tomorrow’s elections, telling the people to go to the polling stations with their memories intact.
“As we gather here we are having a good time, we have had a good campaign but I don’t want you to forget. I want you to go to the polling station with your memory intact, because there are two other gatherings taking place in this country where amnesia is their motto.
“And they would want you to forget section 34, they will want you to forget that their candidates in this Local Government election represent political parties, office holders who used the Parliament to create a law to betray your mandate and your trust.”
Rowley added: “I want you to remember as you make your way to the polling station that there are people in office—a Prime Minister, an Attorney General and other members of the Cabinet whose names are under allegations of serious criminal conduct. Where the contents of e-mails are so dangerous and so damaging if one of those e-mails are found to be true they should have left office since May 2013. I want you to bear in mind that our country might currently very well be run by criminals. I want you to bear in mind that the only time you can do anything about it is when you go into the secrecy of the polling booth.”
Rowley told supporters when they go to the polls tomorrow they had three options — one was to stay home and don’t vote, and that would mean that they are saying to this country they don’t care, or they could go to the polling station and choose to vote for a candidate other than the PNM candidate and if they do that they will be saying they support what is going on in the country.
But if they are responsible decent, serious-minded citizens of Trinidad and Tobago then they will go to the polls tomorrow and vote for the PNM, he said. He told them that they should go out to vote early tomorrow to vote for the PNM.
“And when you do that, all of us will have put our hands on the wheel, turning the ship’s wheel to turn this country around from the direction it is going now and begin to right the ship, begin to turn the country around beginning with your vote. So come out and support our candidates,” he said.
Rowley also pledged the PNM’s commitment to the service of the people.
He told them: “This country faces challenges but I believe that Trinidad and Tobago has the capacity to overcome if they are dealt with dedication and hard work.
“I know many of you are eager and anxious for the results of the general election when it comes but let (tomorrow) be the preparation for when general election comes.”