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Deyalsingh sticks to safe areas
Absent until election time. St Joseph “fence sitter” constituent Calvin Ramsden says he hopes if PNM candidate Terrence Deyalsingh is successful he would not be an absentee MP like how previous other St Joseph MPs including PNM’s Kennedy Swaratasingh and former MP Herbert Volney were. Ramsden of Maloney Street, Petit Bourg was speaking to the media yesterday as PNM’s Deyalsingh staged a walkabout in the area.
Ramsden told Deyalsingh of his concerns, as the candidate walked along his street. Ramsden later told reporters his choice in the election was between Deyalsingh and Independent candidate Errol Fabien. But Ramsden added: “Calypsonian Crazy had a tune in which he says you only see politicians around election time and this is true in St Joseph with former (MPs) Swaratsingh and Volney before. So my biggest fear in this is that Deyalsingh will be the same sort—the kind of politician you only see at election time seeking your vote.”
“So at this time I’m a fence sitter yes. I felt a little better when I saw Deyalsingh in real life, but I’m still wary and I’m still on the fence. By Monday I might have made my decision hopefully,” Ramsden added.
Accompanying Deyalsingh was a small group of PNMites, a music truck and loudspeaker car. He walked the streets, waving at people, trading bounces with kids and urging housebound folks to “come out and vote Monday” as his team gave out PNM jerseys and flags. Most people from that area—another PNM pocket of support as has been most of the walkabout locations—responded and some in cars honked their horns on passing the group.
At one Hollis Street residence, a woman in an orange dress ignored Deyalsingh’s overtures. A man at the house later said the family didn’t like the politics of the day. On Back Street, elderly couple Mr and Mrs Baksh complained bitterly about constant late night noise from a panyard on Hollis Street behind their home. They said they had sought help on it from Volney, the EMA and other authorities, but the noise continued and they hoped Opposition PNM candidate Deyalsingh would do something about it.
A PNM official attached to St Joseph had said PNM leader Keith Rowley was scheduled to be on yesterday’s walkabout, but Rowley was a no-show. PNM MP Donna Cox, however, accompanied Deyalsingh. Cox said a recent ad on the PNM and ILP was distasteful and wondered what could be done about that type of advertising. She said she had never seen satirical ads before and it “reeked of desperation.” Deyalsingh said his campaign will move into a new level with a tassa show tonight.
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