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Om: Ian has no impact on my campaign
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate for St Joseph, attorney Om Lalla has described the current political landscape as “unattractive.” Lalla said he was driven to campaign because he wanted to see a change and not be another “armchair critic.”
“The political arena is consumed with a level of conduct that is unattractive to most, where personal attacks are more significant than national issues. The current debate demonstrates this. The political arena as it is remains unattractive to many very talented persons who wish to make a contribution. If I were to sit by and watch the politics degenerate I should not complain as so many armchair critics,” Lalla said in an interview with the Sunday Guardian.
Despite questions that his former friendship with United National Congress (UNC) candidate for the seat, television personality Ian Alleyne would overshadow the campaign, Lalla said this was not a possibility. “I see no impact that Ian Alleyne will have on the conduct of my campaign as the race is between the PNM (People’s National Movement) and ILP,” he said.
Lalla said the recently concluded camapign for local government elections and the continuing campaing for this by-election were the “most fiercely contested election in recent years.”
“The stakes are high most particularly for the PP who have lost two significant elections this year already and another two defeats will destroy any remaining credibility they have. The conduct of the speakers on the PP platform is particularly disturbing and has shocked much of the country as these very persons currently run the country when they are not slandering persons. The time has come where the country must demand that the level of politics must be lifted,” he said.
Lalla said he would not be distracted by anything and would remain focused on the issues that plague the citizens in the St Joseph area.
“There are issues on the national front as well as the constituency of St Joseph that have to be addressed. On the national front the management of the economy and perception of corruption remain on the front burner. Crime also remains a significant threat to all citizens. St Joseph has to be represented properly by having its MP accessible for dealing with issues. Whether it be crime, unemployment, healthcare or infrastructure there must be confidence in the level of representation even if in the opposition,” Lalla said.
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