One Opposition MP is again refuting claims by National Security Minister Stuart Young that MPs were aligned with members of the criminal underworld.
Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew earlier today, Minister Young again alleged there were Members of Parliament engaging with criminals.
He also confirmed that the circumstances of some of the crooked relationships were being investigated by the police.
But Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, again distanced UNC members from the accusations being made by the national security minister.
“It is against certain Members of Parliament and again, I will leave it at that, because I don’t want to interfere with any police investigation…”
That statement from National Security Minister Stuart Young today, as he confirmed that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are pursuing investigations into certain Members of Parliament, who are believed to have ties in the criminal underworld and are cooperating with persons of interest.
He says up to this weekend, he was given information about politicians who have been suspected of having criminal links.
The ballot boxes for the PNM Tobago Council internal elections currently are under police guard at the Council’s headquarters.
And the ballots will be kept under the watchful eye of the police, to ensure no tampering takes place, until counting resumes this afternoon.
Counting of ballots came to a halt in the early hours of Monday, much to the dismay of many members of the PNM. Several expressed concern that the election might have been rigged, and questioned the reasons behind the delay.
Counting of ballots in the Tobago Council of the People's National Movement's (PNM) internal elections continues at 2 pm today.
Confirmation has come from Chairman of the Election Supervisory Committee, Alvin Pascal.
Pascal told Guardian Media a decision was taken in the wee hours of Monday morning to stop counting the ballots. The counting began after 6 pm yesterday, when the polling stations closed.
"The boxes with the ballots are sealed and guarded by two police officers at the Council's office," he told Guardian Media.
Disgruntled PNMites became angry and suspicious when ballots boxes failed to show after midnight at the PNM's Tobago Council's offices at Bacolet Road on Sunday.
Ann John, a resident of John Dial, Tobago, was one of a handful of supporters who had gathered sometime after 6 pm on Sunday eagerly awaiting results. Shortly before 11pm, John became furious and demanded answers. John said she believe something was sinister was at hand.
That's the question being asked by Venezuelan activist, Sofia Figueroa-Leon, following the assurance that there would be an automatic extension for registered Venezuelan migrants.
During Thursday’s Post-Cabinet Media Briefing, National Security Minister Stuart Young guaranteed that holders of registration cards would get a six-month extension at the end of the period for which they are registered.
However, Figueroa-Leon said with the absence of a proper migrant policy, Venezuelans are subjected to a lack of basic human rights and public services.
“Recent rhetoric and deflection on the part of the National Security Minister is not helpful and borders on propaganda…”
That assessment from UWI political scientist, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, as he commented on the minister's statements about deliberately orchestrated acts of terror, during yesterday's Post-Cabinet News Briefing.
Dr Ragoonath also is Chairman of the Committee for Responsible Political Behaviour.
According to Dr Ragoonath, rather than engaging in propaganda, Government needs to start delivering some real results from its various anti-crime strategies.
Works are going apace on the Fyzabad to Mon Desir segment of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension Project, but head of the Highway Reroute Movement (HRM)—Dr Wayne Kublalsingh—is calling on the Prime Minister to stop the project now.
During a press conference on Friday, Kublalsingh said acquisition of all properties has not been completed and all residents have not been compensated.
"The Government is breaking the law in Debe to Mon Desir. It is acting with malfeasance," Kublalsingh said.