Sunday, January 21, 2018

Race still haunts elections

Even as the country continues to be gripped by the controversy of the “Calcutta” statements made by a PNM member recently, a racist remark was made on political platform Friday night, this time by a DJ at the Tobago Organisation of the People's (TOP) Freedom Rally.

During the event at Old Market Square, Scarborough, Tobago, Rondel George, known as “DJ Wiggy”, who is attached to Shorty Promotions, said to the crowd that PNM meant “Pressure Ni... More”.

TOP leader Ashworth Jack was visibly taken aback.

About an hour later, George apologised for his comments, saying he regretted what was said.

The TOP campaign has criticised and PNM candidate for Roxborough/Delaford Hilton Sandy.

Sandy, earlier this month at a public meeting in Roxborough, said that a ship from Calcutta was waiting to sail to Tobago pending the outcome of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election tomorrow.

Sandy apologised on two occasions for his comments.

The Equality Council of Trinidad and Tobago has written to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) about the issue. The EOC is investigating the matter.