Warner’s return has the potential to “reawaken” UNC supporters says Political Scientist Bishnu Ragoonath

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Warner’s return has the potential to “reawaken” UNC supporters says Political Scientist Bishnu Ragoonath

The People’s National Movement (PNM) should be concerned about the return of Jack Warner to the United National Congress and the hearty reception he received from supporters on Monday night.

That’s according to Political scientist, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, who said that Warner’s return has the potential to “reawaken” UNC supporters who have become disillusioned with the party.

In s GML report, Ragoonath said: “My personal position is simply that Mr Warner’s presence on the platform was to awaken the dormant UNC supporters who would have fallen by the wayside, those who don’t strongly support the party and probably those who would not have gone out to vote on election day.

“His return is not necessarily to win support from outside the UNC’s ranks, but rather to get the UNC supporters to turn out on election day,” he said

Dr Ragoonath said Local Government Elections historically attract only core party supporters to come out to vote and the UNC is attempting to bring out all of their core supporters.

“If they can do that, there’s the likelihood that they could have a greater impact if the PNM is unable to do so with its own support base,” he added.

Dr Ragoonath said the UNC’s Monday Night Report at the Centre of Excellence showed shades of the political momentum from the People’s Partnership coalition in 2010.