Today, 30 May, 2005 was Nomination Day, and Lalit has fielded 32 candidates as planned. Lalit has candidates in all constituencies, and all went well in all 20 constituencies.
LALIT carried out an action against communalism or etho-religious classification a week before Nomination Day. A Schedule to the Constitution makes it obligatory that each candidate, in order for his or her Nomination Paper not to be rejected, has to fill in which of four Constitutionally defined socalled communities he or she belongs to. Lalit members refuse to do this kind of classification relative to the state. In 1983 and 1987 and again in the year 2000, we all drew from a hat what community to fill in. This time around we again performed this protest action.
Lalit has been distributing leaflets on its program all over the country and has held three public meetings, one in Curepipe, one in Rosehill and one in Bambous. The next one on 31st May will be held in St. Hubert.
Our candidates are as follows:
* CONSTITUENCY No. 1: GRAND RIVER NORTH WEST AND PORT LOUIS WEST
Mason, 42 years old, Central Committee Member, Executive of Intersindikal, soon to become a father.
Writer, 56 years old, Central Committee Member, LPT member, novelist, organizing committee for international conferences against military bases.
Watchman, 42 years old, voluntary counsellor to young couples, trade union activist, married with three children.
* Constituency No. 2: PORT LOUIS SOUTH AND PORT LOUIS CENTRAL
Craftswoman, 28 years old, member of Malherbes Branch, active in the struggle against police violence.
* Constituency No. 3: PORT LOUIS MARITIME AND PORT LOUIS EAST
Medical Practitioner, 63 years old, Central Committee Member , worked in health co-operative in Bambous. Recently represented Lalit at the Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference.
* Constituency No. 4: PORT LOUIS NORTH AND MOUNTAIN LONG
Hardware store helper; 63 years old, Lalit West Region member, ex-President of construction workers union, leader of Development Workers Strike in 1992.
* Constituency No. 5: TRIOLET AND PAMPLEMOUSSES
Preschool educator, 66 years old, executive member of Playgroup Federation, active in struggle for mother languages in Mauritius and internationally. In womens liberation movement.
* Constituency No. 6: GRAND BAY AND POUDRE DOR
Data capture worker; 46 years old, central committee member, active in movement for womens emancipation, volunteered in the occupied territories of Palestine in 2004
* Constituency No. 7: PITON AND RIVIERE DU REMPART
Graphic artist, 45 years old, central committee member, volunteered in the occupied territories of Palestine in 2004, literacy teacher and trainer, artist, recently represented Lalit at international conference on economic alternatives.
* Constituency No. 8: QUARTIER MILITAIRE AND MOKA
University Student, 22 years old, central committee member, LPT member, political science student. Voting for first time
Free zone worker, 23 years old, in Rosebelle Branch of Lalit, voting for first time.
NILMANEE SUTCHOO – MUNGRA
Housekeeper, in Curepipe branch, mother of 2 children.
* Constituency No. 9: FLACQ AND BON ACCUEIL
MARIE-ANNE PHILLIPE, also known as Corinne, supermarket worker, 35 years old, member of Womens Liberation Movement
* Constituency No. 10: MOUNTAIN BLANCHE AND GRAND RIVER SOUTH EAST
Computer technician, 42 years old, Central committee member, active in Homeless Peoples Movement, student of applied linguistics.
* Constituency No. 11: VIEUX GRAND PORT AND ROSE BELLE
Housekeeper, 22 years old, member of Lalit Rose Belle branch, mother of 2 children, active in Housing Movement. voting for first time
Taxi Driver, 54 years old, member of Rose Belle branch of Lalit, Ex-Member of IFB, elected to Village Council many times. A 1971 militant.
Lorry driver, 33 years old, member of Rosebelle Branch, Member of Federation des Travailleurs Unis, delegate of St Hubert-St Hilaire housing movement, trade union activist. Has been elected to Village Council.
* Constituency No. 12: MAHEBOURG AND PLAINE MAGNIEN
Mason, 45 years old, member of Lalit branch in Rose Belle, member of association JUSTICE, was arrested while doing an interview with a victim of police brutality.
* Constituency No. 13: RIVIERE DES ANGUILLES AND SOUILLAC
Mason, 48 years old, member of Curepipe branch of Lalit, silk-screen technician, Lalit candidate in 1987 and 2000.
* Constituency No. 14: SAVANNE AND BLACK RIVER
Vegetable planter, 73 years old, has been elected to Village Council, was President of the sugar factory workers Union during the 1979 strike.
Cleaner-operator, ex-sugar cane labourer (retired on VRS scheme), 45 years old, member of the womens liberation movement, active in helping out at a convent.
Gardener, Rivier Noire Branch member, 41 years old, has been candidate for village elections.
* Constituency No. 15: LA CAVERNE AND PHOENIX
Planter, 56 years old, member of West regional of Lalit, executive of LPT, father of 3 children
* Constituency No. 16: VACOAS AND FLOREAL
Teacher in free zone kindergarten, 50 years old, member of Curepipe Branch of Lalit.
* Constituency No. 17: CUREPIPE AND MIDLANDS
Mason, 60 years old, central committee member, active in neighbourhood associations since 1975, member of Ledikasyon pu Travayer executive.
Housekeeper, mother of 6 children, 28 years old, member of parents-childrens-football school in Malherbes.
Piano teacher, 41 years old, Central committee member, musician in general and classical pianist, active in womens liberation movement, and against police violence.
* Constituency No. 18: BELLE ROSE AND QUATRE BORNES
SARAH JANE NARAINA
Bus conductress, 22 years old. In Richelieu Branch, active in bus workers union, will vote for first time.
* Constituency No. 19: STANLEY AND ROSE HILL
Teacher and university student, 28 years old, Central committee member, represented Lalit at M.A.R.O.N. conference in Reunion, loves long walks in the woods,and letter games.
Shoemaker, 50 years old, secretary of Mauritius Shoe Maker Co-operative Society, shoe designer. Member of the Rose Hill branch.
Store Keeper in factory, 40 years old, Rose-Hill-East regional member, elected village councillor, known as a voluntary social worker.
* Constituency No. 20: BEAU BASSIN AND PETITE RIVIER
Pesticide handler, 50 years old, member of Lalti Beau Bassin Branch, active in ABAIM association, musician.