Warner forms new political party
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 2, CMC – Former national security minister Austin “Jack” Warner will contest the July 29 by election in the Chaguanas West constituency on a likely ticket of his soon to be formed political party.
Warner, who was by-passed by the ruling United National Congress (UNC) to contest the seat which he resigned in April following the publication of a damning report by the CONCACAF Integrity Committee, told supporters on Monday night that the colour of the new party would be “green”.
“I have not decided if I would contest as an independent or form my own party,” he told supporters, adding that as of Thursday, he would no longer be wearing the “yellow” of the UNC, which has named 32-year-old Khadijah Ameen as its candidate.
Warner, 70, said he had decided to contest the by-election because he wanted to “show Trinidad and Tobago what good governance was about”.
Last week, Warner visited the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to review his papers and said everything was in order.
He said he has chosen a symbol and the colour green and urged his supporters to replace their yellow jerseys with green for Friday when he will hold a public meeting to announce officially the formation of his party.
Warner, who received a record 18,000-plus votes in the 2010 general election, has described the candidates of the main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) and the UNC as “little children in a big people race”.