Comedian Fabien: Don’t count me out
By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, October 17 2013
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TAKING a lead from United National Congress (UNC) candidate, Ian Alleyne, and People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate, Terrence Deyalsingh, ahead of the November 4 St Joseph Bye-election, Independent candidate Errol Fabien yesterday told Newsday he aimed to walk through parts of the constituency, starting last evening.
On Tuesday, Alleyne walked in Aranjuez and Deyalsingh walked in the hills of Champs Fleurs, while yesterday Alleyne was in Bangladesh Village and Deyalsingh visited Mount D’Or, even as Fabien yesterday aimed to walk in Petit Bourg.
Newsday was unable to contact Democratic National Assembly (DNA) candidate, Michael Lopez, or Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate, Om Lalla, the latter whom was said to be in a meeting.
Errol Fabien, since Nomination Day last Monday, has made several low-key visits to areas within the St Joseph constituency to meet residents casually, but will soon hold a structured walkabout and a formal political meeting, he told Newsday yesterday. “On Friday night at 7 pm I’ll be at Quarry Road (Champs Fleurs) for a meeting on the street. On Saturday at 3 pm I’ll do a walkabout at First Avenue and Eighth Street in Mount Lambert,” said Fabien. “Between now and then, I’m going one-on-one with people in the community. There’s no real structure, but I do it at times when I can get away.” He said so far his informal visits to various communities in the constituency since Monday have taken him to Aranjuez, Valsayn North, Quarry Road, Mount Lambert and St Joseph itself. Fabien said he has not yet been joined by the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) which is backing him, as they are otherwise preoccupied with next Monday’s Local Government Elections. “But there is an MSJ councillor-to-be, whose area (electoral district) is also part of mine (constituency) and I want to meet up with her for a walkabout.” He tentatively hoped to meet the local election candidate late yesterday evening to walk about in Irvine Street and Bushe Street in Petit Bourg. Alleyne, spent a busy day in the constituency, said key sources. He began by holding a meeting with local farmers/gardeners at Aranjuez Community Centre. Alleyne heard of complaints of drainage, and an alienation of land from agricultural use to residential and commercial use. “He went on a site visit with the farmers, looked at the drainage infrastructure in Aranjuez North and South, and how the highway has impacted negatively on farming because of a lack of drainage, and how lands were inundated in Aranjuez South.”
Later he went to La Joya Complex, St Joseph, for a distribution ceremony for certificates of comfort to residents of the nearby Farm Road. Alleyne then went on a walkabout in Farm Road, Bangladesh Village, St Joseph. He was later due to attend a UNC rally at the Croisee, San Juan, to support candidates in next Monday’s Local Government Elections.
Deyalsingh, said, “We are going to start a walkabout in Mount D’Or at 4 pm, again with the Local Government candidate, Britt Carmino. We will be walking and letting people get to know us, so that a certain degree of trust could develop between constituents and candidate.”
Deyalsingh said he was also casting his mind to another area of the constituency. “I am wrapping my head around the agricultural issues in Aranjuez, so I could be a champion for agriculture.”