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 Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday expressed satisfaction with the findings of the pre-election 2020 poll conducted by Nigel Henry which showed the People’s National Movement (PNM) five per cent ahead of its main rival, the United National Congress (UNC).

Part 1 of the poll, which puts the PNM support at 43 per cent of likely voters and the UNC at 38 per cent, was published yesterday.

“It is in keeping with the polls that we are doing and we are quite pleased that we are in that position. A poll is a snapshot in time and we take it as such. We have done the work. We have served this country well and we genuinely believe that we are the right choice and the better choice. So it appears from the polls that the majority of the population is also of that view.

So it encourages us to continue to do the good work that we have been doing. We have been running a good campaign, an effective campaign even though we are restricted by the protocols of Covid-19 and we will continue so to do. We are just simply inviting the population to come out and cast your vote, vote wisely, and vote as you are voting, for the PNM in the majority,” the Prime Minister said to the Express when asked for comment.

Kamla remembers 2007

Meanwhile in response to the poll, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar reassured her supporters to “let not your hearts be troubled because victory is coming”.

The former prime minister stated that she knows supporters may be worried over the newspapers’ polls “but let not your hearts be troubled. I’m on the ground with our hard-working activists and dynamic candidates, so we know the truth! Our election victory is coming!”

She stated she is reminded of the November 5, 2007 general election when she suffered the biggest blow to her political career.

“Back then, the ruling PNM was very unpopular, but the UNC, under its previous leader, was facing a very tough battle due to a breakaway faction splitting votes,” she stated. Persad-Bissessar noted that as then-opposition leader, she was sidelined for the party’s leadership, to much public outrage.

“Political pundits declared it was the end of my political career, while many UNC supporters were looking to me for direction. I was faced with two options— say nothing, toe the party line and be written off politically for good; or leave the UNC,” she stated.

“In what is now considered to be a watershed moment in our nation’s political history, I instead delivered the famous ‘No Woman, No Cry’ speech which finally defied, and ultimately altered, T&T’s patriarchal political status quo,” she added.

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