During the January 24, 2010, from about 4pm, I was a polling agent at the Tunapuna Hindu Primary School. Whilst functioning in that capacity, every time a person wishing to vote entered the polling station where I was stationed and showed a party card, I strenuously but politely objected to such a display, because the party card bears on its face the signature of Basdeo Panday inscribed above the words "Political Leader", which meant that the person was contravening election rule that debarred anyone coming into the polling station with such literature openly displayed. That rule, by the way, was made by an election committee that was appointed by those who lost the election, not those who won it.
The above is written to reinforce the reality that to display the party card within any polling station was taboo on election day. In any event, of the several hundreds who came onto the school compound that day only to be denied the chance to vote, nearly all had a party card in their possession. They were blanked because their names were not on the voters' lists used on the day. Those lists, by the way, were compiled by the said committee that was appointed by those who lost the election, not those who won it.
To read now of "thousands and thousands" of party cards being suddenly discovered at Rienzi Complex is a source of amusement as must as shame. Why? Because the ones who appointed the said committee at all material times had total control over the ins and outs of that property.
Accordingly, gentlemen, please stop the shyte! Your antics are pathetic...and that's a most diplomatic description, okay? You were soundly beaten, fair and square! Like I already said*, the mood of the electorate ---not just the UNC's, eh?--- is to defenestrate those blocking progress. Right now, the only thing between you and their wrath is the newly-elected Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. If I were you, I'd hasten to perform aarti ( आरती ) to her to enhance the prospect of your being forgiven and welcomed back into the fold, as the prodigal son was, rather than continue your nonsensical display which can do naught but enhance your reputation as sore losers.
Alas! You are not I! Therefore, the best course now for each and every one of you is forthwith, if not before, to pack up and leave, lest there be fire instead of mere ire against you next time.
* What I previously said (corrected to reflect that Dr. Moonilal, not Comrade Wade, won one of the three Deputy Political Leader posts):
subject: CORRECTION: NATEX Election 2k10 Preliminary DMO Report: The fire next time?
Someone has to break this bit of news to you:
In case you haven't yet gotten it, in the absence of a constitutional recall provision, the just-concluded National Executive election was, in fact, as much a referendum on your performance as parliamentary, local government or trade union representatives as it was on your guardianship of the party since you assumed the latter office.
That, except for Dr. Moonilal, the results turned overwhelmingly against each one of you ---especially, horror of horrors, in your own constituency--- shows quite vividly how despicable your performance as such representative had become ---in the eyes of the voters who, formerly, were utterly devoted to you, for, if your performance as parliamentary, local government or trade union representative was what it was supposed to be, one of two things would have happened:
- You would have not been humiliated in your own constituency,
- You would have accurately read the vibes of your constituents, thus been an avid supporter of the "KamJack" team.
Any otherwise course, I fear, shall leave the newly-elected Political Leader with a string of albatrosses neath her tresses, which, in short order, may raise the still-seething ire of the waves who rejected you to such a pitch that'd ignite a fire next time.