In response, Beckles-Robinson
did not confirm or deny she
had queried Rowley's source of funding for the campaign but would only say, "I await the report and will then make my comments.
I know what I know but I will make my comments when I get the report."
With just one week to go before the election, Beckles-Robinson
, 53, told Sunday Newsday on Friday that her
campaign has not been costly simply because she
did not have the funds.
"My campaign has not been high-profile because I do not have the funds," she
said in a wide-ranging interview at her
law office, Uptown Mall, upper Edward Street, Port-of-Spain.
campaign has been funded largely from contributions from businessmen, members of the legal fraternity and even some of her
own family members.
"There are just people who support me," she
Due to its costly nature, Beckles-Robinson
admitted that she
was only able to afford the broadcast for three live meetings during her
campaign, the most recent being at the Mickey Trotman Recreation Ground in Pinto Road, Arima, last Friday night.
"My focus has really been on the ground," she
said, adding that candidates on her
Team Penny slate have even opted to do their own advertising to keep overall costs to a minimum.
downplayed recent polls which put Rowley as the frontrunner in the election race, Beckles-Robinson
said while she
is not overly concerned, such surveys "do offer an indication (of an outcome) and are not to be taken lightly."
queried the methods that were employed in the survey, noting that it was mainly PNM members and UNC supporters who were sampled as opposed to the PNM's rank and file.
noted, however, that the surveys still favoured her
to take the PNM
into next year's general election.
"I am still the person with the cross-over appeal," Beckles-Robinson
Win or lose in the election, Beckles-Robinson
is pleased about the manner in which she
had conducted her
"I have been enjoying it, meeting the people on the ground and listening to their concerns," she
Having contested five major elections during her
24 years in the party, she
admitted that the campaign was also challenging at times.
"It is a lot of hard work and it takes a lot out of you," Beckles-Robinson said, adding that she is still to get a comprehensive list of possible voters from the PNM's elections supervisory committee - an issue that has been on the front burner of her campaign within recent weeks.
Beckles-Robinson, who held several ministerial positions in the Manning administration, says she will not fade into oblivion should she lose the election.
"I have all intention to remain committed to assist the party in returning to government come 2015," she
The outgoing lady vice-chairman of the PNM, Beckles-Robinson said she is aware that she may face some form of ostracism within the PNM in the aftermath of the eagerly-anticipated poll but insists that such scenarios are part and parcel of politics.
Beckles-Robinson also recalled that late President and Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson and Queen's Counsel, Karl Hudson Phillips, who were once part of the PNM, had also left the party's fold for various reasons.