PORT OF SPAIN — July 29 is D-Day for former government minister Jack Warner, as he will then know his political fate.
The Chaguanas West by-election date was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at 7:58 a.m in the Parliament.
The surprise announcement came following a marathon 18-hour debate on the Financial (Supplementary) Appropriation) motion in which the Government sought approval for an additional $2.8 billion to the national budget.
Following expressions of concern about the election being held in the Holy month of Ramadan, the prime minister last month met with Muslim leaders at the Office of the Prime Minister, St. Clair.
The leaders lent their support to the election being called at any time the prime minister decided, but, they appealed that it not take place during the last 10 days of Ramadan as Muslims will be confined to the mosque during this period.
Ramadan, subject to the sighting of the moon will begin on July 9 and end on August 7. Constitutionally, the by-election must be called by August 9.
Honouring election promise
In her four-minute statement to the house, Persad-Bissessar said the decision to hold the elections on July 29 was in keeping with a 2010 election promise to hold all elections when they were constitutionally due.
She also noted her consultations with representatives of the Muslim community saying: “In those Mr. Speaker I sought the guidance as to what would be their opinion as leaders of the Islamic community with respect to the convening or holding or issuing an election writ for the by-election in Chaguanas and taking their council as part of my guidance I wish to declare today that Monday the 29 July 2013 shall be the day on which the Chaguanas West by election would be held.”
Warner’s world was turned upside down in April this year after a damning report from Concacaf’s integrity committee headed by Sir David Simmons, a former Barbados chief justice. The report found that Warner’s management of Concacaf was fraudulent. (Express)