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The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour met on Monday July 6,2015 and considered several complaints and concerns as submitted by members of the society. Of all the complaints considered, only two were deemed to have breached the Code of Ethical Political Conduct. The other complaints, though legitimate as they may be, were found not to be in breach of the Code, or outside the remit of the Council.

TOP Executive expels Delmon Baker

Dr. Delmon Baker has been expelled from the Tobago Organization of the People.

Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan will not be seeking re-election in 2015.

The United National Congress has started screening prospective candidates for the upcoming General Election.

HDC to assist ECB

Housing Minister Dr. Roodal Moonilal says he has given instructions to the legal unit of the Housing Development Corporation to work in collaboration with the Elections and Boundaries Commission.

This simply means that the HDC is to provide to the elections regulatory body, the names and information for all persons who have been relocated, or located or have accepted housing through the corporation.

That aside, the minister said they are hoping to distribute some 3, 955 housing units in another 12 months.

Government also hopes to construct 20 thousand homes in 2016, through a public/private partnership and Dr. Moonilal said the HDC's policies are above board.

The HDC's housing drive has been dubbed 'it's been a long time coming'

PNM leader in La Brea

The Political Leader of the People's National Movement tells residents of the South Western Peninsula that their neglect will soon come to an end.

Exuding confidence, Dr. Keith Rowley told supporters in La Brea that should his party form the next government, the area will be industrialized.

Dr. Rowley said a plywood factory is on the cards, since this country possesses two key ingredients - electricity and hydro carbon adhesive.

Dr. Rowley says investors are already standing by and he gave them the assurance that the Belle-Vue Estate is going to be used for their benefit.

 

The Third Force is not ready to announce candidates to contest seats.

The People's National Movement has already completed its slate, while the United National Congress started screening on Friday, with the Congress of the People soon to follow.

We asked former Minister of National Security and member of the Alliance of Independents, which seats they are hoping to fight.

Mr. Griffith maintains that the TFM is not about splitting the votes, though they want to target the undecided.

Meanwhile, the AOI's Interim Political Leader NICOLE DYER-GRIFFITH responded to statements being raised about Chairman of the TFM Timothy Hamel Smith being named chairman of the Government's Public Procurement Oversight Committee.

The TFM, from as early as 9 'o clock, gathered in Diego Martin, the start of its first Motorcade, themed 'crossing the Corridor'. The party's journey ended in Tunapuna.

Fairfield Road protest

Farmers of Fairfield Road engaged in a fiery protest action seeking answers for agriculture land promised by the Housing Development Corporation.
 
Earlier on Sunday, with Placards in the hand, the farmers set debris on fire, blocking the Fairfield road.
 
The Fairfield/Matilda farmers say 4 years ago, they were asked to relocate as a result of the construction of housing units in the area.
 
They say other farmers received cheques and leases for land to grow their crops.
 
But one man would rain on their parade; the President of Food Crop Farmers association HARRIRAM RAMCHARAN shwoing up and telling the media that after discussions with the HDC on Friday, one hundred and 14 names have been approved for agriculture land and that the process takes time.

Minister of National Security Carl Alfonso has played down reports that former head of the National Operations Centre Garvin Heerah was demoted.

Minister Alfonso spoke with the media following the opening of a Summer Training Camp in Barataria on Sunday afternoon.

When the story broke on Friday, Mr. Heerah who was on vacation told C News he was not given any reason for his re-assginment to head up the National Security Training Academy in Cumuto.

The Minister also noted that it was not the first time that the Strategic Coordinator of the Multi-Agency Task Force, Mervyn Richardson, had acted as head of the N-O-C before.

Major Sarwan Boodram is now the new head of the NOC.

Chaguanas East MP Stephen Cadiz has criticized politicians who have used the recent violence in Enterprise for their own gain.

Minister Cadiz was speaking following the peace march in Enterprise on Sunday.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and ILP leader Jack Warner have both had walks in the community in the wake of the violence.

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley has also commented on the issue during political meetings.

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