Political party – Jury Team http://juryteam.org/ Tue, 17 May 2022 01:59:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://juryteam.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-10-120x120.png Political party – Jury Team http://juryteam.org/ 32 32 CJP says ‘political party will become tea party’ if MPs allow vote against PM – Latest News – The Nation https://juryteam.org/cjp-says-political-party-will-become-tea-party-if-mps-allow-vote-against-pm-latest-news-the-nation/ Tue, 17 May 2022 01:59:04 +0000 https://juryteam.org/cjp-says-political-party-will-become-tea-party-if-mps-allow-vote-against-pm-latest-news-the-nation/ ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the presidential dismissal hearing seeking its opinion on Article 63-A of the Constitution until Tuesday. A larger bench of five members of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and […]]]>

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the presidential dismissal hearing seeking its opinion on Article 63-A of the Constitution until Tuesday.

A larger bench of five members of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel heard the presidential reference .

During the proceedings, Balochistan National Party (BNP) lawyer Mustafa Ramday suggested to the bench not to allow political parties to use his shoulder to adjudicate political disputes.

On this, Judge Ijaz said that it was not mandatory for the court to take up all the political issues. The court first decides on the maintainability of the motion and then issues its decision, whether or not it suits one party, he added.

Lawyer Mustafa Ramday said the presidential dismissal was filed for political gain and Section 95 could not be rendered ineffective by Section 63-A.

What did the Chief Justice ask if members were allowed to vote against their Prime Minister under Section 95? The lawyer replied that Article 95 allowed members to vote against party discipline. With this argument, he (Mustafa) had abolished the political party, in this way the political party would become a tea party, the CJP replied.

He said that under Article 63-A of the Constitution, the leader of the party has the power to overrule the leadership of the political party. He observed that if the party leader condones wrongdoing by a member, it would be a travesty of the Constitution and democracy.

Judge Ijaz said the Constitution does not condone defection. He said that a few individuals should not be allowed to derail the system and democracy. He said the Constitution empowered the court to defend him.

Lawyer Ramday said Section 95 could not be invalidated by Section 63A.

With that, the Chief Justice asked if Rule 95 allowed MPs to vote against their Prime Minister. The lawyer replied that Article 95 allowed members to vote outside of party discipline. He said one thing the bench understood from the discussion was that the party leader could revoke parliamentary party instructions.

He asked if the party leader condoned the wrongdoing against the party. It would be unconstitutional for a party leader to pardon a member’s wrongdoing, he added. He asked if the instructions of the parliamentary party did not matter.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Babar Awan said the party is also part of the parliamentary party.

Lawyer Mustafa said the system would not collapse if members tendered their resignations over differences with the party.

Judge Jamal Khan said the system did not collapse over members defecting.

The attorney said Section 63-A was a complete code.

Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shumail Butt said the constitution grants free suffrage to ordinary citizens, not MPs. Article 51 refers to the free vote which applies to ordinary citizens, he added.

He said elected members must adhere to the party’s discipline policy. Section 63-A should be read in conjunction with Section 62, he added. He said that no provision of the constitution was for beauty. There would be serious consequences if Section 63-A were read in conjunction with Section 62, he added.

He said two forums were to consider defection even after parliament. Subsequently, the hearing of the case was adjourned until Tuesday.

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Grenade. Ex-candidate calls NDC political party ‘sinking ship’ https://juryteam.org/grenade-ex-candidate-calls-ndc-political-party-sinking-ship/ Fri, 13 May 2022 21:29:30 +0000 https://juryteam.org/grenade-ex-candidate-calls-ndc-political-party-sinking-ship/ Ali Dowden, a former election candidate under the Democratic National Congress (NDC) was on the political platform of the ruling New National Party (NNP) last night, where he endorsed Nimrod Ollivierre as the next MP for St George North East . In the past, Dowden unsuccessfully contested the seat of St George North West in […]]]>

Ali Dowden, a former election candidate under the Democratic National Congress (NDC) was on the political platform of the ruling New National Party (NNP) last night, where he endorsed Nimrod Ollivierre as the next MP for St George North East .

In the past, Dowden unsuccessfully contested the seat of St George North West in the 2013 and 2018 general elections.

He took to an NNP platform last night where he explained why he decided to quit the NDC. He also used the scene to endorse Ollivierre and described him as a good gentleman who is dedicated to the people of Granada.

“Sometimes some of us, as nationals, immigrate to foreign lands. Sometimes for a better life, sometimes to meet our families. Some never come back, some just come for the holidays, but this showman Nimrod has always returned to Granada and always given back to his country whether in sports, education, policing and even in the field of health.

He said that Ollivierre had not started work yesterday or last year and that he had not come lately.

“The reason I’m here to support him…we have family ties, but also to say that I’ve decided to leave the NDC because the NDC that exists now is no longer the NDC that I joined in 2012.

Where have you ever seen a man fall from the sky and become the leader of a party that never contributed to life or ordinary people.

Show me a political party in the region or in the world in which you have a deputy leader and he does not have a seat to run there. NDC at this time is a sinking ship… it’s chaos.

Dowden went on to say, “There’s no love in this heart, this heart has stopped pumping.”

He was speaking at the NNP launch of St George North East candidate Nimrod Ollivierre.

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IPFT will not merge with any other political party, says Supremo https://juryteam.org/ipft-will-not-merge-with-any-other-political-party-says-supremo/ Thu, 12 May 2022 16:36:30 +0000 https://juryteam.org/ipft-will-not-merge-with-any-other-political-party-says-supremo/ Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura Agartala, May 12, 2022: Tripura BJP’s allied partner IPFT on Thursday held an interim state conference at Nazrul Kalakshetra here in Agartala, where veteran party leader Narendra Chanda Debbarma was unanimously re-elected as party chairman, ousting outgoing President Mevar Kumar Jamatia. A wave of insurgency simmered shortly after the IPFT […]]]>

Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura

Agartala, May 12, 2022: Tripura BJP’s allied partner IPFT on Thursday held an interim state conference at Nazrul Kalakshetra here in Agartala, where veteran party leader Narendra Chanda Debbarma was unanimously re-elected as party chairman, ousting outgoing President Mevar Kumar Jamatia.

A wave of insurgency simmered shortly after the IPFT declared Mevar Kumar Jamatia elected as the party’s chairman at a two-day state conference held on April 2-3.

At a press conference after the one-day interim conference held on Thursday, newly elected IPFT supremo NC Debbarma said the conspirators against the party had been identified and disciplinary action would be brought against them.

The IPFT has 33 divisional committees all over Tripura. An interim conference was organized as required. A total of 410 delegates from 28 departmental committees and a total of 600 people including various observers attended the conference.

According to him, since the formation of the IPFT in 2009, there has been continuous movement in Tripura and Delhi. The movement continues with the political demands of the party. The coalition government is headed in Tripura after contesting and winning assembly elections in 2018 in alliance with the BJP.

He said the BJP-IPFT coalition government was in power in Tripura and would remain so in the future. The firm’s work will be managed by the two partners. To be clear, the IPFT will not merge with any other political party. Such a decision was made on the basis of consensus at today’s conference.

That day he warned that there is a conspiracy against the party, he will not be accepted. There is propaganda that the IPFT will merge with the regional team. His strong message is that the conspirators against the party have been identified and the party will be forced to take disciplinary action against them.

NC Debbarma said the party should hold an interim conference within a month given the emergency situation. It was not possible to take certain decisions during the state conference on 2 and 3 April. In today’s lecture, this unfinished work has been completed. He said that the IPFT Central Committee, Central Working Committee and Advisory Committee have been formed.

The 4 MPs out of 6 of the IPFT were present at today’s conference. After the state conference on April 3, IPFT Chairman, Tribal Welfare Minister Mebar Kumar Jamatia was elected. However, it was clarified today that the supremo of the party is Revenue Minister NC Debbarma. He is the president. In addition, other officers are also in their respective positions. In this case, it is not clear whether Mevar Kumar Jamatia is the general secretary of the party or whether he has been removed from office.

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Ghana: Breaking the 8-year political party cycle is achievable – Aspirant https://juryteam.org/ghana-breaking-the-8-year-political-party-cycle-is-achievable-aspirant/ Tue, 10 May 2022 08:50:32 +0000 https://juryteam.org/ghana-breaking-the-8-year-political-party-cycle-is-achievable-aspirant/ Newly elected New Patriotic Party (NPP) cadres and delegates were urged to work assiduously to break the eight-year history of the political party cycle. Aspiring President of Greater Accra for the NPP, Alfred Boye delivered the reprimand while congratulating them on the just completed polling station, electoral zoning coordinators and constituency polls. He encouraged the […]]]>

Newly elected New Patriotic Party (NPP) cadres and delegates were urged to work assiduously to break the eight-year history of the political party cycle.

Aspiring President of Greater Accra for the NPP, Alfred Boye delivered the reprimand while congratulating them on the just completed polling station, electoral zoning coordinators and constituency polls.

He encouraged the elected executives to use their roles to work hard to achieve the party’s mission goal of regaining power in the 2024 elections as it was necessary for the government to support the progress, growth and development of the country.

Mr Boye further warned the delegates never to slacken in their efforts to do their best for the party to win power in the 2024 elections as there are more development projects that the NPP needs to accomplish to improve the conditions. livelihoods and create wealth.

“We must ensure harmonious relations between delegates, supporters, supporters and members of our party because the work is a collective effort and everyone’s role is essential to achieve the party’s agenda with the upcoming regional elections as a “election for a purpose” because it will determine the outcome of the 2024 election by helping solicit more votes to win massively.

“The elephant is the symbol of a large family, we must come together as one people with the aim of ensuring the peaceful coexistence, unity, harmony, cohesion and progress of the members in order to achieve the party’s mission to ‘break the eight’, pleaded Mr Boye and urged the elections committee to ‘ensure smoothness, fairness, firmness and transparency in the upcoming regional elections’.

He advised delegates to vote for credible and result oriented candidates to continue their momentum to successfully break the eight including him as Greater Accra Regional Chairman in the upcoming polls to utilize the best modules and strategies to help the party achieve its election. 2024 program to break the eight-year term that had existed for 30 years in the country’s democratic history.

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Crowded field as state political party conventions begin https://juryteam.org/crowded-field-as-state-political-party-conventions-begin/ Sat, 07 May 2022 02:00:46 +0000 https://juryteam.org/crowded-field-as-state-political-party-conventions-begin/ May 07, 2022, 02:14Updated 7 hours ago By: John Craven Expect political fireworks as Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut gather tonight and Saturday for their state conventions. Thousands of party loyalists will back candidates for seven statewide positions. On Friday night, Republicans nominated Bob Stefanowski as their gubernatorial candidate, along with state Rep. Laura Devlin […]]]>

Expect political fireworks as Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut gather tonight and Saturday for their state conventions. Thousands of party loyalists will back candidates for seven statewide positions.

On Friday night, Republicans nominated Bob Stefanowski as their gubernatorial candidate, along with state Rep. Laura Devlin of Fairfield as their running mate. Stefanowski was also Governor Ned Lamont’s opponent in 2018.

Democrats will also nominate Senator Richard Blumenthal for re-election. Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz will be named the following day.

The real drama comes Saturday, as a packed field battles for other statewide seats.

Republicans:

Four candidates want to challenge Senator Richard Blumenthal. The race could be partly based on the right to abortion, just days after a draft notice disclosed suggested that the Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The GOP frontrunner, former state Rep. Themis Klarides, is vocally pro-choice. His three opponents are not.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Ben Proto believes abortion will be a deal-breaker for some delegates, but not most.

“Delegates are no different from other voters — they look at candidates holistically, not myopically,” he said. “And they look wherever they are.”

Republicans also have three choices for Secretary of State:

Rep. of State Terrie Wood of Darien

Brock Weber, Assistant to Mayor Erin Stewart of New Britain

Dominic Rapini, former US Senate candidate

Democrats:

The hot race is a five-way competition to replace Secretary of State Denise Merrill, a fixture in state politics who is retiring:

State Senator Matt Lesser of Middletown

State Representative Hilda Santiago de Meriden

State Representative Stephanie Thomas of Norwalk

State Representative Josh Elliott of Hamden

Maritza Bond, New Haven Health Director

The race has turned sour over the past 48 hours, marred by accusations that Lesser tried to rig the order of the nomination votes and that Santiago falsely implied that Lamont supported her because she is Hispanic.

On Thursday, the governor insisted he was not supporting anyone.

“I don’t put my thumb on the scale,” he said. “Overall, I’ve always championed the most diverse team possible.”

Democratic delegates also have a choice of three candidates in the race for state treasurer:

Dita Bhargava of Greenwich

Erick Russell of Newtown

Karen Dubois Newtown

Regardless of who gets approved, some of those battles won’t be settled this weekend. Any candidate who receives 15% of the votes from convention delegates or later collects enough signatures from registered voters can force a primary on Aug. 9.

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Bulldozers targeted minority community of Jahangirpuri at request of political party, Brinda Karat tells SC https://juryteam.org/bulldozers-targeted-minority-community-of-jahangirpuri-at-request-of-political-party-brinda-karat-tells-sc/ Fri, 06 May 2022 07:47:47 +0000 https://juryteam.org/bulldozers-targeted-minority-community-of-jahangirpuri-at-request-of-political-party-brinda-karat-tells-sc/ Photo: PTI New Delhi: Head of CPI(M) Brinda Karat Friday filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court in its motion challenging the demolition campaign by the North MCD in Delhi Jahangirpuri. In his affidavit, Carat alleged that the demolition campaign at Jahangirpuri using bulldozers was just a dishonest exercise of power, targeting a particular minority […]]]>

Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Head of CPI(M) Brinda Karat Friday filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court in its motion challenging the demolition campaign by the North MCD in Delhi Jahangirpuri.

In his affidavit, Carat alleged that the demolition campaign at Jahangirpuri using bulldozers was just a dishonest exercise of power, targeting a particular minority community, under the guise of suppressing encroachment.

This dishonest act was at the dictate of the political party that governs the municipal corporation, she added.

The former Rajya Sabha MP further said that after being informed of the Supreme Court’s standstill order, she rushed to the Jahangirpuri demolition site where demolition of buildings was underway with all the vigor, and the police and municipal authorities were unwilling to arrest the same.

The Supreme Court had issued an opinion and requested a response from all parties, including whether or not the opinion had been served. Previously, the high court had ordered the status quo for two weeks.

However, Karat mentioned that the demolition was not stopped until around 12:25-12:30 p.m. after he put up fierce resistance and posted his lawyer’s communication regarding the interim order passed by the SC.

As authorities razed several buildings in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri which witnessed communal violence on April 16 during a Hanuman Jayanti procession, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat stood in front of a bulldozer blocking it with a copy a Supreme Court order ordering the authorities to halt the demolition campaign.

Karat had moved the Supreme Court against the Jahangirpuri demolitions in northwest Delhi, saying that under the guise of suppressing encroachment, a discriminatory and arbitrary demolition campaign was being exploited as a “community political game plan”.

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Prashant Kishor says political party not part of immediate plans, Bihar padyatra announces https://juryteam.org/prashant-kishor-says-political-party-not-part-of-immediate-plans-bihar-padyatra-announces/ Thu, 05 May 2022 06:57:42 +0000 https://juryteam.org/prashant-kishor-says-political-party-not-part-of-immediate-plans-bihar-padyatra-announces/ Putting on hold speculation that he was forming a new political party, political strategist Prashant Kishor announced a 3,000 km padyatra from October 2. He said he would continue his political activism and stressed that a political party was not among his immediate plans. Kishor had caused ripples in Bihar politics indicating his shift towards […]]]>

Putting on hold speculation that he was forming a new political party, political strategist Prashant Kishor announced a 3,000 km padyatra from October 2. He said he would continue his political activism and stressed that a political party was not among his immediate plans.

Kishor had caused ripples in Bihar politics indicating his shift towards active politics in his home state with a cryptic tweet that it is time for him to reach out to the people to better understand their issues and the path to jan suraj (good popular governance).

Kishor had been briefly with JD(U) and was about to join Congress recently.

“My quest to be a meaningful participant in democracy and help shape pro-people politics has been on a 10-year roller coaster ride! As I turn the page, it’s time to go see the true masters, THE PEOPLE, to better understand the issues and the path to good governance of Jan Suraj-Peoples.Starting with Bihar,” he tweeted.

The polling strategist, who has worked with parties across the ideological spectrum from the BJP to Congress and many regional parties, had announced the decision to quit working as a professional election consultant after his successful association with Congress of Trinamool for West Bengal. Assembly polls in 2021.

Still seen as having an interest in active politics, he had joined Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in 2018 but was expelled in 2020 due to strong differences with Kumar over their conflicting views on a host of issues like Citizenship (Amendment) Act as he took a strong anti-BJP stance and criticized Kumar.

After his ousting, Kishor launched an independent project Baat Bihar Ki (Conversation on Bihar) in February 2020, which remained a failure as he turned to his work as an election strategist. He was also set to join Congress recently, but the two sides could not reach a final agreement on his proposal to overhaul the main opposition party.

The BJP mocked Kishor in its latest announcement, calling him a power broker who can be nothing more than a spoiler in electoral politics. “Prashant Kishor is neither a social scientist nor a political scientist. He is a power broker and middleman. He can be nothing more than a katwa vote [spoiler] in Bihar politics,” BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand said.

JD(U)KC Spokesman Tyagi was more circumspect and said everyone is free to form a political organization, but added that the ‘good governance’ agenda belongs to the Kumar-led NDA government which built roads, schools and hospitals and took the state on the path to development after the RJD’s “mismanagement”. “Anyone is free to start a political party, and we convey our wishes to them. But there is no alternative to Kumar at present,” he said.

-Inputs from agencies

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Prashant Kishor could launch a political party | Latest India News https://juryteam.org/prashant-kishor-could-launch-a-political-party-latest-india-news/ Mon, 02 May 2022 18:27:23 +0000 https://juryteam.org/prashant-kishor-could-launch-a-political-party-latest-india-news/ Political strategist Prashant Kishor said on Monday it was time for him to go straight to the people, creating a buzz in political circles. There is speculation that he could launch a new political party, with an announcement coming as early as May 5, HT learns. Read also | What is Prashant Kishor doing in […]]]>

Political strategist Prashant Kishor said on Monday it was time for him to go straight to the people, creating a buzz in political circles. There is speculation that he could launch a new political party, with an announcement coming as early as May 5, HT learns.

Read also | What is Prashant Kishor doing in Bihar?

His quest to be a meaningful participant in democracy and help shape pro-people politics has led to a 10-year roller coaster ride, Kishor said in a tweet. It was time to go to the real masters, the people, to better understand the issues and the path to good governance, he added. The start will be from his home state of Bihar, the polls strategist said.

The move did not come with much surprise from political observers in the state. Not only has the 45-year-old been toying with the idea of ​​entering politics in his home country for some time (he was born in Sasaram), but the announcement came at a time when Bihar is in full mutation.

Read also | Flutter in Bihar as Prashant Kishor ‘turns a page’ on Twitter

Kishor’s announcement of ‘Jan Suraaj’ (good governance of the people) comes at a time of rumors that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is facing an existential crisis within the ruling coalition. While the official position of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is that there is no question of a change of chief ministry in the state — the BJP is the largest party in the legislature, with 77 for the Janata Dal (United) or JD (U)’s 43 – talk of moving to Delhi or resigning refuses to go away. Many BJP members talk privately about how after the 2020 elections, it was felt that the BJP would have more say, but there is some resentment among the BJP leaders, even some ministers, that the chief minister’s office controls everything.

Interestingly, Kishor, who is in Patna, was supposed to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday evening, but did not. He said, “I couldn’t go there (and meet Kumar). It could have been misinterpreted. Kishor met Nitish Kumar earlier this year – the apparent reason was to wish him well after Covid – and it’s always been clear there’s an open channel between the two.

Read also | Prashant Kishor’s cryptic tweet sparks speculation about his next move

Kishor, who previously worked with parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress, was expelled from Janata Dal (United) in January 2020 for criticizing the party’s support for the Citizenship Amendment Act.

He refused an offer join Congress last week, but held talks with political and party leaders in Patna on Monday.

“Prashant Kishor tries to make an AAP [Aam Aadmi Party] in Bihar,” a BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.

His effort may target people who are uncomfortable with any of the existing policy waivers, said a person who knows Kishor.

Opinions are divided on how he will go about it.

“Until now he was working for political parties, and now he wants to own one. Everyone is free to make their own opinion. But Bihar is going to change and people are going to start following him, I don’t see that happening A new party cannot cause political upheaval in Bihar,” said DM Diwakar, former director of the AN Sinha Institute for Social Studies, an autonomous institution.

Read also | Prashant Kishor’s date with political parties over the years

But the BJP chief quoted above said Kishor’s game plan could be to get enough votes to tip the scales in the state. This person explained how the BJP has a 35% vote share, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) 35%, Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) 15% and the Congress and other parties such as the left, the remaining 15%. “Two groups have to be together to be in power in Bihar and in 2015 we had Nitish and RJD coming together and now we have the other two together. They will stay together until there is another option.” And Kishor, the person added, “knows people want an alternative.”

Perhaps Kishor hopes to be that agent of change in his home country. Although he dismissed this theory of being “the new AAP” and declined to comment further, it is well known that he announced a similar move after his split from JD(U) over the backing of the party to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). That was two years ago (just before the pandemic), and at the time he spoke to the press about his initiative to attract like-minded people to the state and said he could enroll a million people in a movement – ​​but that initiative collapsed.

Read also | The Prashant Kishor saga: Can a consultant revive Congress?

“The political understanding and consciousness of the people of Bihar are different,” Diwakar said. “Caste and religion are the main pillars of a party. Kishor may like to do issue-based politics, which won’t help him immediately.

The BJP state criticized the move.

“Prashant Kishor is neither a social scientist nor a political scientist,” BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand said in a forceful statement. “He’s a power broker and middleman.”

Read also | Congress could still act on some of Prashant Kishor’s ideas

However, the top BJP leader quoted above said Kishor could eat away at the party’s Brahmin base if he launches a party.

JD(U), was more reserved in its response.

“Kishor has been directly or indirectly involved in politics for a decade now. Everyone has the freedom to form an organization,” said JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha. “Sometimes he also tried to mobilize young people, but nothing concrete came of it.”

Analysts said the new parties failed to perform in the state.

“In the last parliamentary elections, Plurals Party did not achieve success,” said Gyanendra Yadav, an associate professor of sociology at the College of Commerce in Patna. “The state has seen a reservation policy based on caste and PK (Prashant Kishor) will have to look for another mainstream.”


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Former T&T Police Commissioner Launches Political Party – Jamaica Observer https://juryteam.org/former-tt-police-commissioner-launches-political-party-jamaica-observer/ Sun, 01 May 2022 19:56:07 +0000 https://juryteam.org/former-tt-police-commissioner-launches-political-party-jamaica-observer/ Gary Griffith, former police commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: CMC PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Former Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has announced the launch of a new political party. In a social media post on Saturday evening, Griffith said he had launched his National Transformation Alliance (NTA) and called […]]]>

Gary Griffith, former police commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: CMC

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Former Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has announced the launch of a new political party.

In a social media post on Saturday evening, Griffith said he had launched his National Transformation Alliance (NTA) and called on people to become registered supporters.

“Serving has always been a bridge to the light for me and after engaging in many conversations, listening to many viewpoints and reading your countless contributions, I am, more than ever, committed to the mission of bettering our country. through transformation and continuing national service this time through the National Transformation Alliance, the NTA,” Griffith said.

“Our country has noble, progressive, visionary and hardworking citizens who wish to realize our motto, together we aspire, together we achieve, therefore I invite every citizen of T&T to register your interest and desire to come together under the NTA banner.”

Griffith said this was the start of the process of national transformation.

“For those who share similar views that our nation needs immediate and urgent transformation, this is your bridge to that beacon,” he said, highlighting the party’s symbol, a beacon. on a dark image of people holding hands.

Griffith, who served as police commissioner from August 18, 2018 to August 17, 2021, claims he was wrongfully removed from his position based on unsubstantiated reports of gun bribery.

Prior to that, Griffith served as national security adviser, government senator, and national security minister at various times during the tenure of the People’s Partnership coalition led by the United National Congress (UNC) from May 24, 2010 to February 2, 2015. .

He served as a temporary opposition senator from October 17, 2002 to September 28, 2007.

He also served in the Defense Forces for 15 years, rising to the rank of Captain.

Griffith, who hopes to become the next prime minister of the twin island republic, also holds a master’s degree in security management from the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, UK.

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Bankruptcy? Do not worry! Just register as a political party, that’s all… https://juryteam.org/bankruptcy-do-not-worry-just-register-as-a-political-party-thats-all/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 05:30:00 +0000 https://juryteam.org/bankruptcy-do-not-worry-just-register-as-a-political-party-thats-all/ Funny thing, this whole “bankruptcy” thing. This very morning, for example, there were three stories on this subject: all neatly placed side by side, on the portal of this same newspaper. So… let’s look at them one by one, shall we? In chronological order, the first concerned the recent arrest and trial of Ryan Schembri: […]]]>

Funny thing, this whole “bankruptcy” thing. This very morning, for example, there were three stories on this subject: all neatly placed side by side, on the portal of this same newspaper. So… let’s look at them one by one, shall we?

In chronological order, the first concerned the recent arrest and trial of Ryan Schembri: one of the former owners of the now defunct “More Supermarkets” chain, who had previously fled the county after running up debts of around 40 million euros.

As for the other two: well, you probably guessed it already. One concerned Bernard Grech’s candid admission, on television this week, that the Nationalist Party owes a handsome “32 million euros” (that is, only eight million less than the amount owed by Schembri);

…and the other centered on a very useful suggestion from Pierre Portelli – who, as the former head of his media empire, should know a thing or two about the financial situation of the PN – that the party should “ go into compulsory liquidation.

Hmmm. Personally, I’ve always taken the word “forced” to mean that the decision itself is usually “made on your behalf by others” (and usually, without you being particularly “thrilled” by the prospect either) …and in this particular case, those “others” could include a court-appointed liquidator, etc., etc.

But as I said earlier: one step at a time. So back to Ryan Schembri, for now.

I imagine you probably won’t need many reminders about this particular case – it was, after all, the most calamitous financial crash this country has seen since the ‘PriceClub’ affair of the early 1990s. 2000 – but suffice it to say that ‘More Supermarkets’ had clearly bitten a lot ‘more’ (ahem) than he could actually chew.

As the same article notes:[Schembri] is suspected of having borrowed large sums of money from contractors, before realizing he was unable to repay the loans. The result was that he ended up being sued by over 50 rather pissed off creditors… with the result that: a) he himself had to hide abroad, and; b) the holding company finally suffered the fate described by Pierre Portelli, above (and not, I would add, on its own initiative).

That said, however: the latest twist appears to have less to do with the above background story, than with the various other criminal charges Schembri now faces separately in court (which also extend to the ” fraud”, “falsification”, “money-laundering”, etc.)

But still: the whole sequence of events, leading up to Schembri’s arrest, can be traced directly to the financial difficulties of his former supermarket chain some eight or more years ago.

And if you interpret it as a “cautionary tale” on the same subject… the moral seems to be that there are (or should be, anyway) some rather serious consequences, which anyone who accumulates this kind of stuff has to face of unpayable debt.

Not just for the defaulters themselves, by the way (although, if found guilty, Schembri faces a fairly long jail term.) Because, at the risk of a minor generalization: this sort of thing tends to touch a lot of other people there too, you know. And in the case of More Supermarkets: we can even name some of these “other people”, as well as quantify some of their individual losses.

In 2014, for example, this newspaper reported that: “[More’s] creditors include Prime Trading Ltd, which owed €8,000; Agdel Ltd to whom €380,000 is due; the entrepreneur Alexander Farrugia to whom we owe 1.5 million euros; and Edmond Mugliette to whom the company owes 2 million euros. Joseph Vella, the owner of the former Ta’ Natu supermarket in Mosta, sued the company earlier this year after he failed to pay €32,000 in energy bills and €187,700 in unpaid rent. Cint Operations Ltd also took out a loan of €560,000…”

And that’s just a small sample, of a whole trail of other companies that had also “lost their asses” in the More Supermarkets crash of 2014. So, back to our little cautionary tale: this isn’t so much that… well, that Shakespeare (as usual) was right, all along, when he advised us to: “Neither lender nor borrower, be…”

No, it’s also that bankruptcy – in this case, on a scale that has punched a huge “40 million euro hole” in our economy, no less – can (and usually does) have an effect of rather blatant drive, isn’t it, across the spectrum of economic activity.

From this perspective, More Supermarkets may not even be the best example. Because if the amounts at stake were certainly much lower (only 8 million Lm; or about twice as much in euros), the collapse of PriceClub, about a decade earlier, was undoubtedly much more devastating financially, in its era.

In 2014, economist George Mangion even estimated that “the impact of the PriceClub collapse on the island’s business world is probably equal to, if not greater than, that of the possible impact of the Tesco scandal”. (Note: a scandal that not only erased £2.9bn from the value of Britain’s most notorious retail giant; but also resulted in “huge losses for pension funds – traders – small investors and the thousands of employees who own the shares…”. )

BUT…as I said at the very beginning: Bankruptcy is a funny old thing, really. So funny, in fact, that if you were to apply the same “cautionary tale” approach to those other two stories I mentioned… you might just end up coming to the opposite conclusion.

OK: I’ll keep this part brief, as the point has been made extensively before (not just in this article; but in several others I’ve written on the same subject over the years).

Truth be told, we didn’t even need to juxtapose these three articles to illustrate how there are clearly two different sets of weights and measures when it comes to bankruptcy in this country.

For example: for a purely commercial entity, the consequences of getting involved in debt (whether as “borrower” or “lender”) are almost certainly going to be…well, severe. And not just for multimillion-euro companies like “More” or PriceClub”, by the way: because, as far as I know, company law applies to virtually all companies registered on the entire island (including, I might add, commercial media on both sides…).

In legal terms, what this law actually contemplates includes things like “forced liquidation” (and generally: not because you “yourself suggested it”). And, if there are any “properties” or “other assets” to be sold – or otherwise “stripped” – in this process… they will certainly not be chosen by the debtor himself (as Bernard Grech seems to suggest , with his idea of ​​simply “selling a few kazini, here and there”.)

Meanwhile, there may be other far worse repercussions. You could be sued by as many as 50 separate creditors at once; you might – as Schembri was – be driven into exile by an angry, pitchfork-wielding mob; or, if you’re reckless enough to approach the wrong people for “assistance”… you might even find yourself at the bottom of the sea with both feet encased in cement…

If, on the other hand, you’re a political party, facing the exact same predicament (and facing roughly the same amount too!)…well, it seems you’re not only perfectly free to accumulate debts of more than 30 million euros, without even having been able to see the inside of a courtroom (let alone a prison cell)… but there is a good chance that these debts will not be probably never called at all!

And in fact, it is precisely this aspect – much more than the “double standard” (which, let’s face it, we all knew anyway) – that baffles me the most, in all of this. Looking through these business names again in this list – and it is no coincidence, by the way, that ‘Ta Natu in Mosta’ is described as an ‘old supermarket’ – will give you a rough idea of ​​the type companies that were really bearing the brunt of the collapse of More Supermarkets eight years ago (and unsurprisingly, these are different levels of the ‘supplier/distributor’ network chain).

So the question, I suppose, becomes: who is really bearing the weight of the PN’s colossal 32 million euro debt? Who is all this money even owed to, anyway: given that, a) they must be damn rich, to be able to so easily afford to go without literally millions of dollars, in unclaimed dues… and, b) I’m not seeing much evidence of corporations and/or other business entities, facing the same type of consequences as the victims of these other bankruptcy cases I mentioned…despite the having also pumped so much money into what is effectively a bottomless pit of debt. Are you?

And OK: I could also ask much the same question about the Labor debt. Because even though the amount owed may be slightly less – but then again, it might not be (who knows, really?) – well, it’s still money that’s still owed, and unpaid, to SOMEBODY over there…

It is, in a nutshell, a “multi-million euro hole” that has been dug into the local economy: no doubt, to the detriment of countless other affected business entities further down the chain. supply…

Yet where the “hole” punched by More Supermarkets (and PriceClub before it) had sent shockwaves through the entire economy…this one seems to have had no discernible “ripple effect”.

And I don’t know about you, but… from what I can see, something isn’t quite right.

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