- Published on Sunday, 20 October 2013 19:03
- Written by By Richardson Dhalai -Newsday
Even as she called on supporters not to split their votes and allow the PNM to regain control of local government corporations, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday revealed that legislation would soon be introduced in Parliament to give citizens the right to recall non-performing parliamentarians.
Addressing a large crowd of boisterious supporters at Mid Centre mall car park, Chaguanas last night, Persad-Bissessar, resplendent in an elegant yellow dress, reminded supporters of a promise in the People’s Partnership 2010 manifesto about the right to recall non-performing parliamentarians.
Saying a major mistake by Government was to not inform the population about its achievements, the Prime Minister said this may have been as a result of MPs failing to reconnect to their respective constituencies.
“You have my email, you are on my Facebook, twitter, you can send me texts and tell me whether your MP fails to reconnect to you. I have legislation prepared which I shall bring to Parliament to give you the right of recall for those MPs who fail to perform,” she said.
Quoting from various religious texts at times, Persad-Bissessar called on supporters to not be distracted by the Opposition parties, saying they must not vote for “criminals, bandits or international conmen.”
“As your leader it has not been easy, but I say hold my hand and let us fight for morality and integrity and let us vote, for righteousness and integrity,’ she said.
Persad Bissessar urged supporters to not split their votes, stating:
“When you split your votes, you let the PNM back into office.”
Persad-Bissessar also reminded supporters that on October 22, she would still be their Prime Minister and that the People’s Partnership will still be in government. She also asked what ILP leader Jack Warner had delivered to Chaguanas West winning the bye-election in July.
“The only time you got delivery was when you put the People’s Partnership into government, if you put the PNM back into government, everything gone,” she advised.
Meanwhile, fiery Congress of the People political leader, Prakash Ramadhar, trained his guns on both the Opposition PNM and ILP political leaders saying PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley could not be trusted as he tried to “mash up” his own party under the Manning administration while Warner still had to answer for the 1989 World Cup qualifying match between Trinidad and Tobago and the USA which the US won by one goal to nil.
He also knocked the PNM’s presentation of 14 different manifestos for the 14 regional corporations, noting for one that the manifesto for the Arima corporation promised to construct the Mt Pleasant bridge which had been broken for the past 29 years and which had been repaired in the first term of office of the COP-controlled corporation.