Saturday 19 September, 2020

‘Declaration’ on Padarath’s candidacy fake

Pictured: Outgoing Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is seeking reelection on August 10.

Pictured: Outgoing Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is seeking reelection on August 10.

Contrary to rumours circulating across social media, outgoing MP for Princes Town Barry Padarath remains in the running as the United National Congress (UNC) candidate for the seat in the August 10 general election.

This as an apparently undated document undersigned by People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate, Sharon Baboolal, and three supposed electors claiming that Padarath was invalidly nominated and disqualified as a candidate has been making the rounds on social platforms.

The PNM has challenged the outgoing MP’s candidacy, stating that he submitted the wrong form to the returning officer on Nomination Day.

The party has contended that Padarath should have used a form requiring his signature and not that of his agent as he was in the country in mandatory state quarantine. According to the PNM, the form used would have been valid had he still been outside of the country.

Contacted by Loop News for clarification on the matter, Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) CEO Fern Narcis-Scope noted that the matter is soon to be the subject of court proceedings.

She refrained from making any comment on the matter.

She reaffirmed the EBC’s position as made clear by the Commission’s Corporate Communications Manager Bobbi Rogers that it will not issue any comment in this regard.

Further pressed on what would take place in the event that Padarath’s nomination was found to be invalid, the EBC CEO said: “I will not be commenting on this matter in its entirety.”

Narcis-Scope would not say whether there were any legal implications in the release of the supposed document by the PNM candidate.

She confirmed, however, that the document did not come from the EBC.

While the document appeared to be authentic, it’s apparently part of an ad put out by the PNM.

Loop News reached out to the party’s PRO for comment but received no response.

Padarath previously stated that the PNM would not be able to prove his nomination is invalid.

The UNC candidate is of the view that the party is hell-bent on challenging his eligibility to contest the seat because the PNM feels threatened by him.

Padarath is up against the PNM’s Sharon Baboolal and Kim Young Low of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP).

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