deyalsingh is the man: Senator Terrence Deyalsingh, right, gets a congratulatory hug from People’s National
Movement (PNM) public relations officer Faris Al-Rawi, centre, after he was nominated as the party’s candidate to
contest the St Joseph by-election, following screening at Balisier House, Port of Spain, yesterday. Looking on is
Senator Pennelope Beckles, left. The St Joseph by-election will be held on November 4. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY
PNM’s Deyalsingh for St Joseph poll
Terrence Deyalsingh will be the People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate for the St Joseph by-election on November 4.
The party’s screening committee met yesterday to interview three potential candidates—Deyalsingh, who is an Opposition senator; former minister in the finance ministry Mariano Browne; and St Joseph community activist Ronald Huggins.
The screening process began at noon at Balisier House, Port of Spain, and after almost three hours of interviews and deliberations, party chairman Franklin Khan announced Deyalsingh as the PNM’s representative.
Khan noted that while Deyalsingh had been selected by the screening committee, his appointment will have to be ratified by the Central Executive Council, which will meet tomorrow.
He did not, however, foresee any problem.
“I would like to thank God, my family and the party for this vote of confidence... I am humbled to be put forward to the task,” Deyalsingh said.
He noted that the “PNM has shown leadership” by being the first party to announce a candidate for the constituency, which is considered to be a marginal seat.
Deyalsingh will have to resign from his position in the Senate. When asked when he might be submitting his resignation, he said that was yet to be determined.
PNM public relations officer Faris Al-Rawi said there were still many events to go through, but the party will act in accordance with the law.
“(PNM political leader Dr Keith) Rowley did the same when he ran for office. We have a history, so we know the process,” he said.