Monday, October 14, 2013

Om Lalla is ILP candidate for St Joseph

ILP St Joseph Candidate Om Lalla
Om Lalla is the candidate of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) for the St Joseph byelection on November 4. 

The ILP made the announcement on Sunday night. He is running against the PNM's Terrence Deyalsingh, who resigned his seat in the senate to contest the seat for his party.

The United National Congress will announce its candidate on Monday, which is nomination day.

Lalla is a prominent lawyer who was admitted to practice at the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1994. He is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Law Association and is has also been admitted to the Guyana Bar.

Lalla has an extensive practice in commercial, public law/administrative matters, defamation, commercially sensitive contractual and negligence matters, sports law and related intellectual property matters and criminal litigation with an emphasis on corruption, fraud and misconduct in public office.

He has served on the Board of Directors of several companies and has been an Advisor to several sporting bodies. Lalla is also the Honorary Consul of Slovenia to Trinidad and Tobago.
PNM's St Joseph candidate Terreance Deyalsingh
All candidates must file their nomination papers on Monday with the Returning Officer for the St Joseph Constituency. 

The People's Partnership has agreed that the UNC will name a candidate for St Joseph, which was held by the party until the seat was declared vacant. Speaker of the House of Representatives made that declaration on the advice of the leader of the UNC, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who asked for it after the MP, Herbert Volney resigned from the UNC.
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne  .... might be UNC candidate
The UNC candidate is likely to be Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne. The party is also considering a former St Joseph MP, Dr Carson Charles, who won the seat for the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) in the 1986 election.
Dr Carson Charles
Speculation that Alleyne would get the nod first surfaced when ILP leader Jack Warner announced at a political meeting that the Attorney General had asked Alleyne to run for the party. Alleyne subsequently appeared on a UNC platform and denied that and said Warner had lied about the AG discussing the matter with him.

Volney won the St Joseph seat with more than 10,000 votes in 2010 in a two-way contest with the PNM incumbent Kennedy Swaratsingh.

Kennedy Swaratsingh *        PNM           7,778  41.8  -04.9
Herbert VOLNEY               UNC          10,835  58.2  +29.2

On November 4 there will be at least three parties fighting for St Joseph and one independent. The changed political dynamic makes it difficult to predict a winner. Each party is confident that its candidate will win.

If the PNM can retain its vote from 2010 it could have the stroingest chance of winning since the ILP has been targeting PP votes and could erode the base in that constituency. A total of 18,614 people voted in 2010, giving the UNC a comfortable majority

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