Kamla: PNM buying votes

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Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has accused the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) of attempting to buy votes in the El Dorado electoral district.

Speaking at a UNC meeting in El Dorado on Monday night, Persad-Bissessar warned burgesses in the area to beware those who offer bribes for votes or risk going to jail.
Persad-Bissessar said she had been advised of PNM operatives who were going through El Dorado and offering money in exchange for votes.

She also warned those “operatives” that it is against the law to offer bribes.

The former prime minister called on the people to vote for the UNC, saying the present Government was yet to do anything that benefited the country.

She again called on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to state whether his Government had any connection to US$2 million in cash, found hidden in a shipment of plywood at the Pt Lisas port, early this month.

She asked of Rowley whether the plywood was intended for use in a Government project in La Brea, of which he spoke in August this year, and whether the project was to be carried out by a PNM financier.

Persad-Bissessar criticized the Prime Minister for attempting to distract the nation with a debate about how much her Government allegedly spent for roti at a Divali function in 2014.

“Are you for real?” Persad-Bissessar asked, directing the question at Rowley.
She again knocked Government on what she said has been a failure to deal with crime and said she had noted that Trinidad and Tobago’s safety ratings abroad had fallen and tourists originating from the United States and the United Kingdom were being warned.

Persad-Bissessar also responded to advice from Rowley last week that she mind her own business, which had followed her own statements on the platform about Rowley’s children.
“I am minding my own business, the business of the people of Trinidad and Tobago is my own business,” she declared.

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