September 4th 2015
MR. STEPHEN WILLIAMS
ACTING COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Police Administration Building
Cor. Edward and Sackville Streets
PORT OF SPAIN
RE: VIOLATION OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT - DR. ROODAL MOONILAL
I refer to the matter at caption.
Dr. Roodal Moonilal, the candidate for Oropouche East, and the recently appointed campaign manager for Mrs. Razia Ahmed, the candidate for the United National Congress in San Fernando West, has been making public statements over the last two (2) days which he knows to be false to the effect that (i) Mr. Faris Al-Rawi, the People’s National Movement candidate for San Fernando West, allegedly made a false declaration as to his qualification for election by setting out his address as No. 4 Ruth Avenue, San Fernando and (ii) that electors should not vote for Mr. Al-Rawi.
Mr. Al Rawi maintains a family home located at No. 4 Ruth Avenue, San Fernando. In any event, the address in Trinidad and Tobago of the declarant is not material to qualification as opposed to the fact that the declarant is a citizen and is resident in Trinidad, and as such, it is entirely incapable of supporting a challenge to Mr. Al Rawi’s candidacy, and Dr. Moonilal is well aware of this.
We are therefore firm in our view that the actions of Dr. Moonilal amount to undue influence contrary to section 98(2)(b) of the Representation of the People Act in that by use of a fraudulent device or contrivance, Dr. Moonilal is attempting to impede or prevent the free exercise of the franchise of electors in San Fernando West, and/or he is attempting to compel, induce or prevail upon electors in San Fernando West to refrain from voting in the election by falsely claiming that Mr. Al Rawi’s nomination is null and void.
People’s National Movement Continued Sheet
The People’s National Movement therefore requests that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service launch an immediate investigation into the matters set out above.
We are of course available at short notice to provide any further information which you may require.