Tracy Davidson-Celestine, in her capacity as leader of the PNM Council in Tobago, says the party has no desire to attract members of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) in a bid to end the 6-6 tie.
In fact, she said she agreed with the calls for a fresh election.
Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew on Wednesday, she said “We have not been attempting to tempt anyone from the other side. We have made our case to the Tobago public in that there are quite a lot of issues arising from some of the representatives in the PDP so we are in no way attempting to influence anyone from the other side to give support to us as we move this exercise forward.”
Davidson-Celestine said the PNM won the popular vote in Monday’s election and despite losing four of its seats on the Assembly to the PDP, she believed their support base was growing.
She said “There has been an increase in the number of persons supporting the PNM from 2009 to present. That is documented in the archives of the EBC so in terms of the support from the members of the public, from the Tobagonians at this point, we are comfortable at this point that we are trending upwards.”
However, she said what the party needs to consider is candidate selection.
She said “what comes out at me very glaringly at this point in time could be issues having to do with maybe candidate selection in one or two of the areas. As you would know, we would have had some challenges there and that was played out in the public domain but by and large, our support base in Tobago has been growing and as I said, it has consistently been increasing over the years.”