Saturday, February 24, 2018

Orville: No PNM coalition


common objective: Orville London

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There is no possibility of a coalition between the People's National Movement (PNM) and any group for the January Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election.

This was the response of THA Chief Secretary Orville London to reports that the PNM was considering collaborating with other groups in Tobago, such as Hochoy Charles' Platform for Truth.

He was speaking to reporters on Sunday at the PNM's Tobago Day held at Balisier House courtyard, Port of Spain.

"I know that there are groups which share our desire to ensure that the People's Partnership —Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) partnership is not involved in the governance of Tobago because they recognise the danger to Tobagonians. We might have a common objective but there is no question of a coalition."

London said by the end of the month the PNM should have selected the 12 candidates for the THA election. He said there would be an official presentation of candidates on December 9. He said this would be preceded by the presentation of the manifesto at a special convention. The party has a special convention on December 2.

He said the first Sunday in January the party would launch its campaign in Market Square and then in Roxborough on January 13, 2013.

On the issue of the submission of documentation relating to the proposed new administrative complex project and the aquatic centre project, London said the documents are going to be available to the public and the Ministry of Finance (as well as the Integrity Commission) by next Wednesday. He said the THA had to accumulate over 200 pages of documents dating back to 2001.

"That exercise was quite time-consuming," he said, thanking the staff for the level of research which enabled the Assembly to be in a position to submit a comprehensive document.

"It is just a matter of tabulating and putting the document in some kind of format that would make it readable," he said, adding that he wanted the public to be able to follow the document step by step and understand "why it is we were unable to borrow, how we came up with this deal, all the legal opinions et cetera".