Trinidad by - elections: battle for Chaguanas West.

Who will the next MP be for Chaguanas West?

  • ILP - Jack Warner

    Votes: 3 75.0%
  • UNC - Khadijah Ameen

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • PNM - Avinash Singh

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .

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Jack Warner completed almost three months of campaigning with a resounding victory in the Chaguanas West by-election by sweeping aside all other candidates. Warner, the former Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West under the United National Congress (UNC) banner, formed his own party, the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) after his bid to seek re-election as a UNC candidate was rejected.In a campaign that turned bitter at times, Warner steadfastly refused to say anything negative against Prime Minister and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. During his victory speech Warner said: "It was not easy but the voice of the people is the voice of God.""Tonight a new era has dawned," he said. Up to the point of Warner's victory speech the results showed he had collected 69 per cent of the votes with 12,631, compared to the UNC's Khadijah Ameen, 5126, with just a few polling station count outstanding.


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Ah waiting for Sat to call for a Boycott of Chag he did Tobago.

The conman jack put ah licking on the con party UNC tonight....proper licking.


Repect Our Soca Pioneers
Great is the PNM.........
The cleanest candidate and most respectable candidate in this by-election got the least amount of votes. Great are the people of Chaguanas West who will get exactly what they voted for and what they deserve. :good:


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Between the PNM, the UNC and the ILP....right now TnT politics is just so damn depressing.

Seriously the Avinash fella who went up for PNM is more of what we need....but in a new party......NOT THE ILP!!

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Kamla: I don’t believe we have lost

The gloves are not yet off.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said last night that the United National Congress’ (UNC’s) defeat in the Chaguanas West by-election was no loss and instructed her troops to get ready for the local government elections.

In her concession speech at the UNC’s campaign office in Charlieville around 10 p.m. Persad-Bissessar offered congratulations to Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim leader Jack Warner, but, in the same breath the Prime Minister urged UNC soldiers to get ready for another battle.

“You win some and you lose some, I do not believe we have lost because we remain in the Government. This gives us an opportunity to spend some time to reflect, introspect... Do not be discouraged, do not lose heart, we are in Government and we remain strong and in tact, we still have 26 seats in the Parliament and maybe 27 depending on what happens, we have the majority in the Parliament,” said Persad-Bissessar.

This, she said, was just one of many battles and the war is yet to be won.

“I offer congratulations to the former Member of Parliament who will now be returned as the member of Parliament for Chaguanas West, I wish him good luck in his endeavours as we go forward. I say to you all we are still the Government...This too shall pass,” said Persad-Bissessar.

She said the election results give the Government the opportunity to reflect and see how it can improve governance in terms of serving the people.

“We will need to spend some time in days to come because we are now preparing for another battle and that battle is the local government e lections,” she said.

“Are you ready?” she asked as the crowd shouted “yes!”.

Persad-Bissessar said her Government will learn from this and not repeat past mistakes.

She urged the people to stay in the UNC family and build it stronger.

She said further that all promises made to the people of Chaguanas West on the platform will be kept.

“We have no hate, no spite, no malice no ill will to anyone in Trinidad and Tobago, we are all one family,” she said.

Supporters clearly energised by the Prime Minister’s confidence started chanting “UNC”.

The mood of the place earlier was one of disappointment and sadness.

At 7.30 p.m. the first set of results were announced which showed Warner in the lead of one of the 51 polling stations.

A UNC official announced the results from poling division 2,741 — one of seven from the Charlieville Presbyterian school. UNC candidate Khadijah Ameen received 48 votes, the People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate Avinash Singh got 3 and Warner 187.

UNC supporters seemed visibly disappointed as they let out an “oooh” prompting the official to urge them to keep the faith as it was still early.

At 7.46 p.m. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar walked in to the beats of tassa drums.

She stayed in an office inside the building away from the crowd as the results poured in.

Just after 8 p.m. results from more poling stations showed Warner blazing the trail.

The results from poling division 2,866 — ASJA Boys College again showed Warner leading the race with the PNM getting 15 votes, Ameen 95 and Warner 304.

By 8.30 p.m. looks of worry grew into disbelief as results came in faster pushing Warner with almost a triple lead with 2,167 votes from eight polling stations with Ameen getting some 731 votes.

At 8.47 p.m. Ameen arrived putting on a brave face and a smile as supporters cheered and shouted for her to stay strong.

A few minutes later results were given from 12 polling stations — Warner 3,330 votes and Ameen 1,275. Both Persad-Bissessar, Ameen and a number of Ministers were out of view of supporters at an office in the UNC campaign building. Silence surrounded the UNC camp as the results came in.

The tassa group did not sound a beat after its performance to bring in the PM.

Just after 9 p.m. the results of 24 polling stations were announced with Ameen securing 2,082 votes and Warner again ahead with a wide margin of 5,976 votes.

By 9.30 p.m. 30 of the 51 polling stations results were announced with Ameen getting 2,856 and Warner 7,053.

Just before 10 p.m. all eyes were glued to a TV in the office as UNC supporters listened to Warner’s victory speech.

“Turn off that TV, I don’t want to see that man!”, shouted one supporter. “He’s such a fool, we have to listen and learn!”, responded a woman.

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LOL@Rumla talking bout "can't believe we lost" I guess when the puncheon make it's way out of her body this morning she will realize that there wasn't even any gloves in this fight, Warner knocked that focking Ameen out with he bare knuckles.:kicks