As the incumbent took his campaign through the streets of their community yesterday, residents of Belmont listed crime and the state of the economy as the issues that would influence their vote in the August 10 election.
Stuart Young, the MP for Port-of-Spain North/St Ann’s West and Minister of National Security staged a motorcade and walkabout yesterday afternoon accompanied by two maxi taxis, several cars, and a music truck blaring loud music. They went through Belmont and St Ann’s with Young stopping at several points along the way to greet residents in the constituency which is considered a PNM stronghold.
After he shook hands with Young, one resident said he is satisfied with how the Government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. The man, who did not give his name, added that the economic situation in the country is dire and the Government has to do more to help lower-income people.
“I work in a Government ministry and I am on the ground doing all the work and I not getting anything while the ministers getting their big perks. It is not only me who feels that way but a lot of people. I will see how things go and if I’ll vote in the elections,” he said.
A woman who called out to one of the PNM activists for a party T-shirt declared that she was a “PNM for life” but said unemployment and crime are big problems. She remained confident that a re-elected PNM Government would solve those problems.
Young declined requests for comment apart from indicating that he will be holding a press conference today. Word is that he will be responding to an article published yesterday in another newspaper.