UNITED National Congress (UNC) St Joseph by-election candidate, Ian Alleyne, said yesterday he was saddened by comments from his rival, the Independent Liberal Party’s (ILP) Om Lalla, that candidates in the running should not be allowed to carry out community projects.
Alleyne was responding to questions by the press on whether he felt he was being given an unfair advantage over his rivals, by being allocated the resources to deliver work to the electorate during the run-up to the election.
Following Alleyne’s disclosure last week that he was behind a number of jobs in the area, including efforts to bring regular pipe-borne water to some possible voters, Lalla said laws should be put in place to prevent candidates from carrying out this type of work.
Alleyne skirted the issue while on a walkabout in Mt Lambert, in the vicinity of some of the said projects, and quipped that he would not “join a losing party”.
“It’s not a matter of advantage,” he said. “I am here to stand for the people of St Joseph.”
He said his only request when he entered the political arena a fortnight ago was that he was given the chance to deliver to the people and, like the previous MP, Herbert Volney, who he said failed to act on behalf of the people, the resources were available to him.
Alleyne, who said he was “saddened” that he did not have more time to interact with the people, said he would not have joined the People’s National Movement (PNM) or the ILP, as neither could do anything for him and, by extension, the people.
Asked whether he did not see his actions as an attempt to buy votes, Alleyne said:
“I don’t know who is buying but if I am living here and did not have water for ten years and then Ian Alleyne came and I get water...well.”
Describing the people of the area as “neglected”, Alleyne said, “If I can’t deliver, I will walk.”
He denied that he is but a television performer and said he brings a track record to the constituency.
Alleyne would not divulge details of the problems with crime confided to him by residents but promised that he intended to increase patrols and implement lock-downs if necessary.
Responding to two separate polls published at the weekend that put him behind his PNM rival, Terrence Deyalsingh, Alleyne said, “Polls can’t deliver.”
This included an Express-commissioned poll, conducted from October 25 to October 26 by pollster Nigel AR Henry of Solution by Stimulation, that showed Alleyne with 26 per cent of the vote and Deyalsingh, in the lead with 39 per cent.
Alleyne said whatever happens on November 4, he can live with himself.
“I can raise my head,” he said.