...Errol Fabien to contest possible St Joseph by-election
Media and theatre personality Errol Fabien announced yesterday he would be contesting the St Joseph by-election, if and whenever it is called.
Fabien posted on his Facebook page a message stating that his mind was “finally and fully” made up.
“I am running as a candidate for the by-election in St Joseph,” he stated.
He will contest the seat as an independent.
Among the details Fabien gave about himself were:
a) that he was a resident of St Joseph;
b) a father of seven;
c) a recovering drug addict;
d) the owner of a local television station (Gayelle);
e) he loved the Caribbean and Caribbean people:
f) he owed on his house and his car;
g) he did not need fame;
h) he wanted to be paid;
i) he wanted to make a difference;
j) he wanted to represent (the people of St Joseph).
Fabien said he intended to seize the opportunity to serve the people of this country in whatever way he could.
There has been no announcement about a by-election in St Joseph, but a by-election is a distinct possibility in view of the decision of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Wade Mark, to declare the St Joseph seat vacant last Monday.
A by-election has to be held within 90 days of the declaration of a vacancy.
The Speaker’s declaration came in the wake of the resignation of Herbert Volney from the United National Congress (UNC) and the decision of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to write the Speaker requesting him to invoke the Crossing of the Floor provisions of the Constitution.
Volney stated that he intends to institute legal proceedings, challenging the Speaker’s declaration.
If there is a legal challenge, the court must adjudicate on the matter to determine if the declaration of the vacancy is valid or not.