Manning puts T&T in election mode

PNMManning puts T&T in election mode
Prime Minister Patrick Manning put the country in election mode yesterday, when he announced that April 7 would be the start of screening of 41 new candidates.

Manning sets the election ball rolling…
While the country was expecting the long-overdue Local Government election date, Prime Minister Patrick Manning yesterday went for the whole hog, and called for nominations for candidates for a general election.

PM: Get Ready For Elections
PRIME Minister Patrick Manning yesterday strongly hinted at a snap general election, which legally isn’t due until 2012…

…Many caught by surprise

…PNM fears losing local polls

…Analyst: It’s an admission of failure

Manning bluffing
It’s a distraction! That’s the cry from three Opposition backbenchers, responding to Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s announcement, yesterday, of an immediate screening of candidates for the next general election.

Manning to hold ‘World Business Forum, not summit’

Kamla: Bring it on
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was in an exultant mood yesterday at the 20,000-plus Voice of the People rally in Saith Park, Chaguanas, as she baited Prime Minister Patrick Manning to bring the next general election.

Kamla: I’m ready for any election
Manning’s days are numbered, she tells Voice of the People rally

…Warner: Keep one love alive

UNC claims HDC voter-padding in Opposition strongholds, marginals

Fed-up ‘army’ behind Opposition
An army of frustrated and fed-up people are ready to stand behind Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to battle the People’s National Movement (PNM) government in a general election.

COP dancing to unity drums

Opposition parties welcome unity

Tremors of UNC unity and disunity
With local government election due this year, the opposition party, United National Congress (UNC) and its non-elected counterpart, Congress of the People (COP), are drifting toward the kind of political engagement that their respective constituencies have been hoping for since the last general election.

Crowd of 20,000 in ‘united show of force’ against Govt
THEY came out in their numbers in a united show of force against the ruling Patrick Manning government. Political parties, labour leaders, business and non-governmental organisations all expressed support for the movement towards a unified front, led by Opposition Leader and United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Maraj talks about Williams’ legacy
Former minister Ralph Maraj captured the mood, the spirit and the moment at yesterday’s convention with a speech for the ages.

Ralph Maraj – PNM has endured because of Eric Williams

Resolve issues with Manning
If the standoff in the PNM involving Diego Martin West MP Keith Rowley is not resolved constituents might have to ask the PNM leadership for a new candidate next election, PNM Diego Martin West activist James Thomas has said.

PSA calls for public solidarity against TTRA

Same-sex schools or not
WE look forward to an enlightened debate on the issue of single-sex schools, which since mooted a week ago by Education Minister Esther Legendre seems to have generated more heat than light.

Urgent need for NAPA consultation

Black Power revisited

…The making of a mutiny

4 Responses to “Manning puts T&T in election mode”


  • The newly minted “one voice” opposition should never underestimate the power of the PNM tribal faithful who will forgive any and all transgressions to ensure a PNM victory.While the Opposition was embroiled in internal “commess”,house padding/voter padding was going full speed ahead in all the marginal ridings.

  • Bring on the general election
    THE PEOPLE of Laventille are daring Prime Minister Patrick Manning to “bring on” the general election because they claim they are fed up with the PNM Government and want a chance to make a change.

    COP to PM: Set election date now
    The Congress of the People (COP) is calling on Prime Minister Patrick Manning to immediately set a date for general election, if he meant what he said when he told delegates to the People’s National Movement (PNM) convention at Chaguaramas on Saturday that screening for candidates will start on April 7.

    Curious moves from election focused PM
    Fifteen years ago, younger and less politically savvy Patrick Manning called a General Election in Trinidad and Tobago a full year before it was constitutionally due. He lost that election.

    Hazel mum on local government polls
    MINISTER of Local Government Hazel Manning declined to say if the hint of a snap general election made by her husband, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, on Saturday at the PNM special convention at Chaguaramas, would delay the local government elections due this year.

    Opinion: PM’s election tease
    PRIME Minister Patrick Manning’s somewhat surprising election signal on Saturday now means that less than two and a half years after the country cast ballots in a general election, the population has again been plunged into a state of productive limbo, for how long he alone knows.

    Sando East shows confidence in PM
    The People’s National Movement (PNM) San Fernando East constituency executive plans to re-nominate PNM political leader, Prime Minister Patrick Manning to be the candidate for their area in Trinidad and Tobago’s next general election.

    Rowley to Manning: I won’t go quietly
    Responding to the Prime Minister’s call to the party to submit nominations for a general election, controversial Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley has signalled that he intends to submit his name as a candidate.

    15,000 attend PNM special convention

    Philbert reviews PM’s plan to march

    The battle to be PM: Can Kamla pull it off?

    Kamla: United Opposition ready for any election

  • PNM MP wants renewed partnership with Baptist community
    MP for Laventille West, Nileung Hypolite, yesterday offered the Spiritual Baptist community a renewed partnership with the PNM, saying that the country can use their strength as an example to prevail against all odds.

    Political figures campaign at Maloney grounds
    The Spiritual Shouter Baptists were drawn into the centre of the political battle when yesterday two leading figures-Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and former government minister Dr Keith Rowley-attended and delivered addresses at their celebrations in Maloney.

    Local or Govt election?

    Rowley: I am going for screening
    Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley says he is prepared to represent his constituents if they want him to.

    Election talk ‘a distraction’
    Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s public statements that a general election is coming has been described by two political analysts as distractions to divert the national community’s attention from such issues as the Udecott investigations, the construction of a church at the Heights of Guanapo, and the widely unpopular property tax and the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA).

    It’s just a ruse
    Kamla on Govt plan to delay property tax, TTRA
    Government’s move to put two controversial issues-the Property Tax and the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA)-on hold is nothing but a ruse, says Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

    Congress of the People: Appeal the property tax
    Even as Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira has reportedly stated her Government’s intention to review the controversial property tax bill, the Congress of the People (COP) has already started training staff members to assist homeowners to submit individual appeals to the Board of Inland Revenue.

    PM imposing his unpopularity

    UNC searching for candidates
    Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the United National Congress (UNC) will begin screening of candidates for general election soon.

    Suruj to act as UNC leader goes to Miami
    Dr Suruj Rambachan, deputy political leader of the UNC, will act as political leader in the absence of Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who leaves today for Miami to attend meetings and speak at a fund-raiser.

    A diagnosis for Mr Manning
    Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s surprise Senate statement that his administration proposes the construction of eight new hospitals in Trinidad and Tobago… It is as if the Prime Minister has just rushed to pull this particular rabbit from a hat in the hope, expectation even, that it will assist him in making election magic, but experience in the distant and recent past has shown us only too well the dire consequences of this ‘vikey-vie’ approach to governance.

    PNM MP booed in Valencia
    Toco/Sangre Grande MP Indra Sinanan Ojah-Maharaj received sustained heckles and boos in the presence of People’s National Movement (PNM) political leader, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, at the PNM’s last public political meeting at the Valencia Junction on Monday night.

    Rest in peace PNM
    It has been a PNM stronghold for many years with familiar chants of “I born a PNM, I will dead a PNM”, but this was not the case for Prime Minister Patrick Manning and Toco/Sangre Grande MP Indra Sinanan Ojah-Maharaj during a walkabout in Valencia on Monday.

    Govt gets warning from Laventille elders
    Government’s plan to spend some $300 million in Laventille can cause more harm than good if the right people are not involved in the process, elders from the area have warned.

    Manning: UNC a bunch of political has-beens

    Manning weakening local govt
    The chairmen of two UNC-controlled regional corporations have observed that Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s hint of a general election may result in the postponement of local government elections for yet another year.

  • Manning to prorogue Parliament this week
    …and kick off campaign in Woodford Square
    United National Congress (UNC) chairman Jack Warner says he received information that Prime Minister Patrick Manning plans to prorogue Parliament this week and call a general election in Trinidad and Tobago

    May 17 is election day?

    Manning to call election in May
    May 10, 17 and 24 are being speculated on as likely general election dates. Top PNM party sources say Prime Minister Patrick Manning is likely to announce the date for the general election, which is not constitutionally due until 2012, this week.

    Hinds fears PNM loss
    Party not strong enough for snap election…
    FORMER government minister Firzgerald Hinds said he is fearful that the People’s National Movement (PNM) would lose the next general election should one be called any time soon.

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