?An agreement for presidency will lead to chaos and confusion, and cannot stand up in court, says Independent Senator Dana Seetahal. The Constitution of T&T clearly states that "no deal or agreement" is used to elect a president. Senior Counsel Seetahal said in a telephone interview yesterday: "The constitution states clearly how a president is elected. The fact is you need to have a majority in Parliament to elect a president. "If people make an agreement like that, then you will have to draw up something like a contract, and I do not see anybody going to court with such a contract, because it would not look good on both sides."
Referring to 1997, Seetahal said she believed strongly that both former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday struck such a deal with the then political leader, Arthur NR Robinson, that he would have been given the post of President of the Republic of T&T. "Off hand, I would say if it is something of that nature, as you support me and I will give you this, I cannot see that ever being thought to be argued in court. "Pragmatically, people could come to agreements like that. It has really to do with a question of trust," Seetahal said. The term of His Excellency, George Maxwell Richards, ends in 2013.
?Section: (30) of the Constitution states:
�2 A person should not be a candidate for election of President unless he is nominated for election by election papers.
�2 Is signed by him and 12 or more members of the House of Representatives, and is delivered to the Speaker at least seven days before the election.