Warner to name candidates soon
THE Independent Liberal Party’s (ILP) candidates for the local government elections will be announced in two weeks’ time.
Interim political leader of the party, Jack Warner, yesterday said he intends to introduce the candidates during a mass public meeting on September 29.
On Saturday, Warner said that over 460 people had been screened for the various areas. He said screening had also been done for the position of aldermen.
Warner told reporters that the ILP had also finished its first phase of screening for the St Joseph seat, which was declared vacant last Monday by House Speaker Wade Mark.
On that day the Member of Parliament for that area Hubert Volney was ordered to cease from performing his functions as a member of the House of Representatives with immediate effect.
“I am advised by Wednesday formality shall be done in terms of that constituency. We shall await what happens when Mr Volney speaks to the country,” Warner said, adding that although the first phase of screening was over, the ILP was open to others who wished to be screened for the St Joseph seat.
Warner was speaking during a consultation on the 2013-2014 National Budget at his constituency office at Savannah Road, Chaguanas yesterday.
The Chaguanas West Member of Parliament used the forum to obtain views which he said would be used today during his contribution in the budget debate.
He said he had collated 14 pages of notes which he intended to review.
Topics discussed included property tax, agriculture and local government, issues which were raised during the budget presentation last Monday.
Presenter Stephen Kangal said there was a contradiction on the issue of property tax. He said that while Finance Minister Larry Howai said the tax will be back, the Prime Minister has said there will be no property tax. Kangal suggested that consultation with stakeholders be done early to clear up this issue.