Inshan Ishmael still to confirm his run for St Augustine

Businessman Inshan Ishmael is yet to confirm his candidacy for the St Augustine seat in the upcoming General Election.

Ishmael signalled his intention to contest the seat after the United National Congress (UNC) announced Khadijah Ameen as the party’s choice for the constituency.

Shortly after the revelation, Ishmael took to social media and said he would throw his hat in the race, which is also being contested by the PNM’s Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal and the COP’s Political Leader, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan.

But Ishmael says he is yet to make a final decision.

“What is happening is that we are almost there. It’s about 90 percent,” he told Guardian Media. “I have friends and family who are expressing some concern. Because of my relationship with my family and friends who are close to me, we are meeting again on Saturday night, when we will go through the pros and the cons, etcetera.”

Inshan Ishmael said he had made a promise months ago that if Khadijah Ameen were to be selected as the UNC candidate for St Augustine, he would have no choice but to contest the seat, to ensure that the constituency gets the proper representation it desperately needs.

The businessman asserts the area has been neglected by both the PNM and UNC while they held political office.