Kamla: Patriots ran ‘dishonest’ campaign

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

A man curiously looks at UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she casts her vote in her party’s national executive election at the Debe Secondary School on Saturday. – Photo by Venessa Mohammed

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the campaign waged by the United Patriots slate in the UNC’s internal elections was dishonest.

She also described the elections as the worst she ever witnessed in the UNC.

Persad-Bissessar made these comments at her Siparia constituency office in Penal on June 15, as preliminary results in the party’s internal elections were announced.

She said the results show the UNC now has a committed national executive (natex) in place.

“I am overwhelmed because the love and support of the UNC has been tremendous today.”

Persad-Bissessar described the election campaign as bruising, battering and gruelling.

She said, “It was a campaign that was rooted in dishonesty from the first day. You will remember that the others (United Patriots) came out and told you that we were not going to hold this internal election.”

Persad-Bissessar added, “So from day one, the other team started with a lie, with dishonesty and the campaign continued.”

She told UNC supporters about her experience in party internal elections.

As political leader, Persad-Bissessar recalled participating in six internal elections since she was first elected to this post on January 24, 2010.

“This has been the worst and that is why the UNC membership rejected by a landslide that kind of campaign (by the United Patriots).”

Persad-Bissessar said the trends in the results have been very clear.

“It is a landslide victory for the Star team.”

A statement issued by the UNC’s election management committee on June 16 said the preliminary results showed the incumbent Star slate defeating the United Patriots slate, 213,651 to 62,186 votes.