Candidates file nomination papers for California/Point Lisas

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 13:00

The race is on for the mar­gin­al seat of Cal­i­for­nia/Point Lisas on The Cou­va/Tabaquite/Tal­paro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion (CT­TRC) .

In 2016 the PNM’s Alif Mo­hammed lost the seat by 81 votes to the UNC’s Ram­c­hand Ra­jbal Maraj.

This morn­ing,, Ma­haraj and PNM can­di­date Di­nah Va­lene Thur­ton­filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers at the of­fice of the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um.

Thur­ton was ac­com­pa­nied by sup­port­ers and Labour Min­is­ter Jen­nifer Bap­tiste-Primus.

Thur­ton said she was con­fi­dent of win­ning.

She ac­cused Ra­jbal of do­ing noth­ing for the com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing his tenure.

Bap­tiste-Primus said the PNM was ex­treme­ly con­fi­dent of win­ning by a land­slide.

“We trust that these elec­tions would be with­out any kind of con­flict and con­fronta­tion, the PNM is a peace­ful par­ty, we know about peace­ful co-ex­is­tence, may the best can­di­date win,” Bap­tiste-Primus said.

PNM Couva-Point Lisas Candidate Dinah thurton, second from left, and
Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus at the Ato Boldon Complex (Copyright SHASTRI BOODAN)


Ra­jbal-Maraj was ac­com­pa­nied by Cou­va South MP Rudy In­dars­ingh and fel­low can­di­date Gan­garam Gopaul.

Ra­jbal-Maraj said the PNM was on­ly filled with “old talk and emp­ty promis­es.”

Ra­jbal Maraj said. “Talk done and we de­cide that the UNC will re­turn 14-0.”

He said the PNM spent a lot of monies for Llo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions and noth­ing was done.

Ra­jbal Maraj said he is ex­pect­ing to win by a larg­er ma­jor­i­ty on De­cem­ber 2.

In­dars­ingh said the UNC was con­fi­dent of a clean sweep at the CT­TRC.




Lead image caption: Couva South MP Rudy Indarsingh (2nd from left); UNC Candidate for Esperanza Gangaram Gopaul; and UNC Candidate for Couva Point Lisas Ramshand Rajbal Maraj, on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium, wait to file nomination papers