A political operative has told Breadfruit News yesterday that the SCL play book is being utilised to target the Central Leeward constituency currently held by the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP).
The seat which for the past two election cycles has decided the national elections is once again shaping up to be a battleground.
Breadfruit News has been told that efforts are ongoing in some circles to force the withdrawal of the ULP candidate Dr Orando Brewster as his candidacy means that he is able to strengthen the ULP vote in Layou.
While the ULP has consistently won the Barrouallie polling stations, the Layou boxes are more competitive. In the last elections, there were some 1990 electors eligible to vote at 5 polling stations.
We reviewed the evidence ourselves and found that the ULP had won 4 out of 5 polling stations in Layou.
“If NDP is not able to increase their support in Layou then they cannot win Central Leeward. It therefore means that Dr Brewster is a political land mine for the NDP’s electoral chances as he is a Layou man”.
“When you go through the results of the last elections, Dr Brewster will likely increase the Layou margins especially at Louis Straker Resource Centre and at the Government school. Which chance does NDP has of winning?”
The man who has been on the ground in Central Leeward who was speaking to us on condition of anonymity further said:
“Have you observed the NDP distributing phones and t-shirts recently? Where else have you seen this? If you look at the UNC campaign in Trinidad which was linked to Cambridge Analytica, you will see the same modus operandi being adopted by the NDP”.
“Think about it, for a party which accuses the government of bribing voters with its material distribution programme, they don’t see it as a hypocrisy to be promising iphones for likes on social media?”
“There is no way Ben [Exeter] can beat Dr Brewster in Layou. NDP will need to find another seat to target because SCL will lose in their attempt to come here to push the cash for passports program it has promised its financiers”.