From left: PNM: Tracy Davidson-Celestine and TOP: Fitz-Herbert Taylor.

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Parlatuvier/L'Anse Fourmi/Speyside

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By Anna Ramdass

According to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) supplemental voter list, there are 3,515 people registered to vote in the electoral district of Parlatuvier/L'Anse Fourmi/Speyside.

The People's National Movement (PNM) has presided over this seat for the past four years.

Today, the Express shares the views of the candidates from the PNM, the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) and The Platform of Truth (TPT) who are competing to be the people's representative for this area.

A total of 36 candidates from the three parties will be contesting 12 electoral districts in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election on January 21.

PNM candidate: Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Leader of Assembly Business and Secretary of Community Development and Culture

Why should you be re-elected?

I would say that when you talk about Tracy Davidson-Celestine you are talking about someone who is very down to earth, action-oriented, someone who has a practical approach to leadership and someone who is all-embracing and takes into consideration the view of the community at large.

There has been a lot of development in the electoral district, from Upper Delaford to Castara, in each and every village there are signs of some level of improvement as the THA under the PNM administration invested heavily in the development of the communities.

If you take, for instance in Charlotteville, there is the construction of the health centre, you have the construction of the mini mall, start of construction of a fishing facility, you have a completed nursery school and improvement in the water supply.

You have lighted playing fields in Charlotteville, Bloody Bay and Speyside.

You have the introduction of jazz festivals at Castara and Speyside.

There are also multi-purpose facilities at Speyside, Delaford and Parlatuvier

There is the construction of a youth facility in L'Anse Fourmi and the establishment of the musical band.

In Castara, there is the start of construction of the long-awaited fishing facility.

There is the completion of the information centre at Bloody Bay and the completed beach facility at Bloody Bay, as well.

In Parlatuvier, we hosted the first heritage festival...improvement to water supply at Windsor Road, Delaford for the first time in 50 years.

We have play parks in the community from Speyside, a hard court in Parlatuvier and also a computer education programme.

The people should choose Tracy Davidson-Celestine because she has represented them well over the last four years. Tracy Davidson-Celestine wants to continue the representation and continue the development of their facilities and Tracy Davidson-Celestine wants to stand in protection of all fishermen and their 200 nautical miles as opposed to 11.

TOP candidate: Fitz-Herbert Taylor

Why should you be elected?

As we speak now half of the jetty at Parlatuvier just fell apart. The seas are extremely rough and a number of villagers are struggling to get their boats on shore. It is very chaotic.

First and foremost, we will need a jetty as soon as possible.

We intend to bring back The Capital of Paradise, a (fishing) boat that was purchased by the THA and we are not sure where it is now, but we will ensure it is returned to assist the fishermen of Castara.

Also, in Parlatuvier, we will be placing a fish processing unit which will deal with the by-catch of The Capital of Paradise—all fish other than the tuna will be sent to the fish-processing unit.

My electoral district is a fishing district so this will be very important.

We also want to establish close to the jetty a landing site, The Capital of Paradise should not have to travel to Trinidad to deposit the catch.

We also want to establish a storage facility to package and export the fish right from Parlatuvier.

Further up in Bloody Bay there is prime water and we intend to have a bottled water project on stream.

From L'Anse Fourmi to Castara we will identify lands in every individual village for development and sell them back to the people at minimal cost for housing.

We will recommend to the homeowner that they build their houses with accommodation for guests so we can boost tourism.

These are simple projects to initiate and bring into fruition.

I am a community person, I am very active in the Anglican Church, I'm also a musician, I have been in music for a long time entertaining in the hotels. I am also a fisherman, since I was a little boy I've been going to sea, it is close to my heart. I am also trained in civil engineering and general draughtsmanship from the John Donaldson Technical Institute.

TPT candidate: Samuel Mapp

Why should you be elected?

This election is about Tobago's freedom and the ability to govern our affairs without any interference from Trinidad. We must work as a nation together, not against each other, and I am very saddened by what I am seeing.

Our communities are in shambles, there is so much trouble, it's a very long story.

The fishing communities have been neglected, nothing has been done to create a better life for our fishermen, nothing at all.

When you go further into the whole aspect of it, everything is being done to make sure Tobago is an island surrounded by 11 miles and we can claim nothing from this arrangement where these big companies operating.

We have to respect, the election is about Tobago getting on its feet and not sitting on a tub of promises.

That's all we get from the Government in Trinidad, promises and nothing more.

I can talk about all the plans I have from now to the end of the month. I want to ask the people of Tobago to seriously stand up and be counted and do not miss the opportunity to save Tobago...if they miss this opportunity there will never ever be another one.

The Platform of Truth is the only Tobago political party that is contesting the election, all the others are Trinidad parties involved in a set of bacchanal and rivalry that is not making sense.

The reason we have election is to put people in place who can sensibly govern our lives for the next period.

The people of Tobago should honestly, responsibly and respectfully vote for The Platform of Truth and save all that is Tobago for their children.

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