Sunday, January 21, 2018


PNM wins but...

WON SEAT: Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) political leader Watson Duke displays his voting finger after casting his ballot yesterday in Roxborough, Tobago, in the THA elections. Duke won his seat—Belle Garden East/Roxborough/Delaford. –Photo: JUHEL BROWNE

celebration: Political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in Tobago, Kelvin Charles, centre, is surrounded by supporters as he arrives at the party’s Tobago headquarters last night after winning his seat in the THA elections. Charles will be sworn in as the new THA Chief Secretary on Thursday.

The People's National Movement (PNM) retained control of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) with a slightly reduced majority of 10-2 in yesterday's THA election.

The PNM's complete dominance in the THA was broken by the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) led by Watson Duke. The PNM had previously controlled all 12 seats (between 2013-2017).

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said last night that the PNM's showing was a “handsome victory by any standard”, adding, “We are extremely happy.”

Rowley said the 2013 (12-0) victory was “not normal”. He said the THA, since 1980, has always had an Opposition and that the main contributory factor to the complete red wash in 2013 was the “obnoxious” presence of the United National Congress (UNC) in that THA election.

He congratulated Tobago PNM leader Kelvin Charles for his significant role in the party's victory.

The Prime Minister said this is the fifth consecutive term that the PNM would be controlling the THA. He said to win 10-2, going for a fifth term, “should say a lot of the PNM's success in Tobago and is something to be very proud of”. “Anybody would know that the longer you are in office, the harder it is to win,” he said.


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