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Alleyne: I have started 17 projects in St Joseph
United National Congress (UNC) candidate for St Joseph Ian Alleyne says he has already started 17 community-based projects since being named as the Government’s pick for the seat. Alleyne and a band of yellow-clad supporters walked through the small community at the top of Caiman Road, St Joseph, yesterday where he said work on a community centre would soon begin and that plans were already underway for a road-paving exercise and box-drain installation in the hilly area.
“These things have not been addressed for 25 years,” Alleyne said. When reminded that the constituency was controlled by the UNC since taking office in 2010, Alleyne said the people were more concerned with the delivery that he could bring to them. “I can’t say if it was a UNC area, but nevertheless whatever the people vote for they must receive that. At the end of the day there are kids here, it is not a matter of which party is in power,” he said.
“Bet your bottom dollar that before the fourth, we have things in place already.” He said the area was earmarked for a community centre for the past 50 years and did not understand why that was not yet constructed. “We are going to get in contact with the minister and see what we could do. I am here to deliver. I am not asking you to vote for me, I am asking what can I do for you.” Alleyne said he was there to make sure the constituents got “what they deserve.”
“How come PNM (People’s National Movement) come, UNC come, NAR (National Alliance for Reconstruction) there whatever, now we need those drains. No old talk.” Alleyne said he was not too concerned that the findings of the recent Nacta poll said the split vote between the UNC and Jack Warner’s ILP could give PNM the edge in the area. “At the end of the day, polls don’t really deliver you know. Polls and graphs don’t really give you a road or a community centre.”
Alleyne, while remaining confident of a victory in this by-election, said whatever happens, his popular television show Crime Watch would return to the air. “After the November 4, the name Ian Alleyne will always be remembered in St Joseph.”
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