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The NSA thinks it caused the deadlock in Grande


Trinidad Express / POLITICAL leader of the National Solidarity Assembly (NSA) Nirvan Maharaj believes that although the party won nothing and every candidate lost their deposit, the votes it got in the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation influenced the final outcome – a tie between the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC).

Maharaj told the Express on Tuesday that  although the NSA results received were not official, he was pleased that the nine  NSA candidates did their best saying they sent the message that Trinidad and Tobago was no longer “ PNM country or UNC country.”

He said: “ The results I have so  far, I think in California/Point Lisas, we would have received 270 votes, in North East Sangre Grande we would have received  74 votes, and in North West Sangre Grande we would have received 78 votes. I have a feeling the NSA may have made the difference there in that seat. I don’t have the figures for the other six that we contested. If the figures for North West are correct where I saw the PNM got 1359, the UNC got 1314  and the NSA got 78, if we look at those figures it could be we may have made the difference there .”

Maharaj added that he looked at television all night hoping to get the results for his party but none came. 

He said the party which was formed in 2014 will continue to be strengthened.

“Every single vote that we got would have been an indication that someone would have received the message  and when I look at the votes and compared  to the other smaller parties, the NSA’s message would have gone out to some people,” he said.  

The NSA also issued a press release on Tuesday in which Maharaj congratulated both the PNM and UNC on their respective victories since all the electoral districts were won by one or the other.

He also congratulated the smaller parties.

Maharaj stated: “As a new fledging political party, the NSA would have, within the limits and restrictions of our resources engaged in the electoral process in the interest of our country and sent our message, that no one has a divine right to our support because they look like us, but instead they must serve the interest of Trinidad and Tobago. That people must not own our votes instead they must earn it. Every vote earned by the NSA was a victory since it meant that the process to raise the consciousness of our people had begun and was indeed starting to bear fruit.”

He added that  the low voter turn-out was an indication of the feeling of “dissatisfaction, disillusionment, and hopelessness on the part of the majority of our citizens.”

Maharaj told the Express on election night, candidates were instructed to stay in their respective districts and he visited each one.

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