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Jack to go it alone?…rejected by UNC for by-election bid?

Jack Warner with supporters

Jack Warner with supporters

by Caricom News Network

PORT OF SPAIN , Trinidad – If former National Security Minister, the colourful and enigmatic Jack Warner wants to once again represent his constituents of Chaguanas West as Member of Parliament, he will have to run as an independent candidate in his bid to be re-elected as his United National Congress (UNC) party will not be supporting his bid.

According to a report in today’s edition of the Trinidad Express newspaper, party sources are tipping Trade Minister Vasant Bharath, who is also an adviser to the UNC executive, to run for the by-election, following Warner’s resignation as MP on April 26.

Bharath, who is on official business in Guyana, told the Express he was not aware of this and he has not been approached.

However, when asked if he would accept if requested, Bharath said he was certain the best decisions in the interest of the par­ty and the people will be made.

According to the Express, “Warner, at his public meeting in Felicity last week, had already hinted he was prepared to go it alone should he not get the support of the UNC.

In a clear anticipation of rejection by party authorities to contest the seat for the UNC, War­ner’s advertisement campaign has now excluded the party logo and colours.”

Warner, told the Express, when asked for a comment, that he preferred to speak tomorrow when he officially launches his re-election campaign with a motorcade starting at 1 p.m at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, followed by a public meeting in Felicity.

Poliotical pundits will be watching this by election with a keen eye as the Chaguanas West constituency is viewed as an Indo-Trinidadian garrison fiercely loyal to the UNC which, for the first time in will be challenged by an independent Afro-Trinidadian in the person of Austin Jack Warner.

executive and hundreds of constituents last week Thursday it remains to be seen whe­ther the show of strength will continue.

Express sources say that correspondence and communication have gone out to the UNC Executive and supporters who only last week , came out in full force at a public meeting in Pierre Road, Fe­­li­city in support of War­ner, informing ordering them to distance themselves from Warner’s campaign.

On Thursday, the UNC executive, led by Prime Minister and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, held a meeting at Rienzi Complex, Couva, to discuss the issue, where its understood that concerns were raised about War­­ner re-contesting the seat on a UNC ticket, given the fact that his name was not yet cleared on matters pertaining to his tenure at football bodies FIFA and Concacaf.

Warner resigned as National Security Minister and UNC party chairman, as well as Chaguanas West MP, following the disclosure of a Concacaf integrity committee report in Panama which found he was fraudulent in his management of Concacaf as the organisation’s president.

The Express understands that disciplinary action can be taken against Warner should he run as an independent candidate.

It would be a breach if the party approves one candidate to contest the seat and another par­ty member challenges that candidate.

The Express was told that War­ner will continue with his campaign and is determined to maintain his representation of the people of Chaguanas West.

In 2010, Warner received an overwhelming 19,000 votes for the Chaguanas West seat in the general election, the highest obtained.

Another bone of contention is the signal by the Congress of the People (COP) that they, too, desire to contest the Chaguanas West seat.

The COP has its party operations centre based in Charlieville.

On Wednesday, former prime minister and ex-UNC leader Basdeo Panday told the Express it would be a contradiction if Persad-Bissessar and the UNC exec­utive allow Warner to contest the Chaguanas West by-election as his resignations as minister and party chairman were accepted by the Prime Minister, following the Concacaf report against him.

The Chaguanas West constituency seat will officially be declared vacant by House Speaker Wade Mark when Parliament sits next Friday.

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Jack Warner with supporters

Jack Warner with supporters

by Caricom News Network

PORT OF SPAIN , Trinidad – If former National Security Minister, the colourful and enigmatic Jack Warner wants to once again represent his constituents of Chaguanas West as Member of Parliament, he will have to run as an independent candidate in his bid to be re-elected as his United National Congress (UNC) party will not be supporting his bid.

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According to a report in today’s edition of the Trinidad Express newspaper, party sources are tipping Trade Minister Vasant Bharath, who is also an adviser to the UNC executive, to run for the by-election, following Warner’s resignation as MP on April 26.

Bharath, who is on official business in Guyana, told the Express he was not aware of this and he has not been approached.

However, when asked if he would accept if requested, Bharath said he was certain the best decisions in the interest of the par­ty and the people will be made.

According to the Express, “Warner, at his public meeting in Felicity last week, had already hinted he was prepared to go it alone should he not get the support of the UNC.

In a clear anticipation of rejection by party authorities to contest the seat for the UNC, War­ner’s advertisement campaign has now excluded the party logo and colours.”

Warner, told the Express, when asked for a comment, that he preferred to speak tomorrow when he officially launches his re-election campaign with a motorcade starting at 1 p.m at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, followed by a public meeting in Felicity.

Poliotical pundits will be watching this by election with a keen eye as the Chaguanas West constituency is viewed as an Indo-Trinidadian garrison fiercely loyal to the UNC which, for the first time in will be challenged by an independent Afro-Trinidadian in the person of Austin Jack Warner.

executive and hundreds of constituents last week Thursday it remains to be seen whe­ther the show of strength will continue.

Express sources say that correspondence and communication have gone out to the UNC Executive and supporters who only last week , came out in full force at a public meeting in Pierre Road, Fe­­li­city in support of War­ner, informing ordering them to distance themselves from Warner’s campaign.

On Thursday, the UNC executive, led by Prime Minister and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, held a meeting at Rienzi Complex, Couva, to discuss the issue, where its understood that concerns were raised about War­­ner re-contesting the seat on a UNC ticket, given the fact that his name was not yet cleared on matters pertaining to his tenure at football bodies FIFA and Concacaf.

Warner resigned as National Security Minister and UNC party chairman, as well as Chaguanas West MP, following the disclosure of a Concacaf integrity committee report in Panama which found he was fraudulent in his management of Concacaf as the organisation’s president.

The Express understands that disciplinary action can be taken against Warner should he run as an independent candidate.

It would be a breach if the party approves one candidate to contest the seat and another par­ty member challenges that candidate.

The Express was told that War­ner will continue with his campaign and is determined to maintain his representation of the people of Chaguanas West.

In 2010, Warner received an overwhelming 19,000 votes for the Chaguanas West seat in the general election, the highest obtained.

Another bone of contention is the signal by the Congress of the People (COP) that they, too, desire to contest the Chaguanas West seat.

The COP has its party operations centre based in Charlieville.

On Wednesday, former prime minister and ex-UNC leader Basdeo Panday told the Express it would be a contradiction if Persad-Bissessar and the UNC exec­utive allow Warner to contest the Chaguanas West by-election as his resignations as minister and party chairman were accepted by the Prime Minister, following the Concacaf report against him.

The Chaguanas West constituency seat will officially be declared vacant by House Speaker Wade Mark when Parliament sits next Friday.