THA Chief Sec: Time to go back to the polls

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THA Chief Sec: Time to go back to the polls

Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Ancil Dennis said, “It’s time we get back to the polls.”

He made the comment on Friday, after the Election and Boundaries Commission’s (EBC’s) draft order of Local Government and the Tobago House of Assembly (2021) was presented in Parliament by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

A pilot debate will take place next Wednesday on a motion to approve the order.
Once approved, the THA elections could be held up to a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months after.

The PNM lost four seats in the last THA poll in January and ended up in a 6-6 tie with the Progressive Democratic Patriots.

Dennis said he is looking forward to the order being debated and accepted so that after, “A date can be called, we can resolve this deadlock and get on with the business of the people in Tobago.”

The order increases Tobago’s 12 THA seats to 15 with three additional seats in Lambeau/Lowlands, Darryl Spring/Whim and Mt St George/Goodwood.

Changes of names for 10 existing seats were also listed. But Buccoo/Mt Pleasant and Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/ Speyside were retained.

Tobago’s total electorate is 51,216.

Dennis said, “PNM is a longstanding party, 60 years strong in the field. We’re ready to contest all 15 seats and make our case to the people – they’ll decide.’’