The wait is over as the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) announced its list of candidates for the January 2013 Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election.
The announcement was made yesterday at TOP Headquarters in Scarborough, Tobago.
TOP leader Ashworth Jack, who will contest the Providence/Mason Hall/Moriah seat, said the team represents what they consider to be the future of the development of Tobago, in terms of the political arena.
The 12 candidates are:
Scarborough/Calder Hall–Anthony Arnold
Belle Garden/Goodwood–Steve Jack
Canaan/Bon Accord–Rolly Quaccoo
Plymouth/Golden Lane–Certica Williams-Orr
Bethel/Mt. Irvine–Sherry Ann Rollocks-Hackett
Lambeau/Signal Hill–Pastor Chester Robinson Alleyne
Parlatuvier/Lans Fourmi/Speyside– Fitzherbert Taylor
Black Rock/Whim/Spring Garden– Theodil McPherson
Buccoo/Mt. Pleasant–Richard Alfred
Providence/Mason Hall/Moriah– Ashworth Jack
Bacolet/Mt St George–Gladstone Solomon
Jack said the THA election means an end to political victimisation of TOP supporters by the PNM.
He claimed that a number of URP, CEPEP and CERT employees have been threatened that they will lose their jobs if they vote TOP.
"What this election for us will be is about performance of the THA, or lack of it, with the $20-odd billion at their disposal, and visioning for a new future," Jack said.
Every election is critical and the 2013 THA election is no different, he stressed. He said he does not feel threatened by the PNM's slate of candidates, adding that the PNM should be afraid of losing the election and TOP has brought important issues in focus to the population.
"It's as a result of the TOP getting the issue of constitutional reform back on the front burner, so this then, for the PNM, is about validating their non performance."
Chairman of the Movement for Democracy and Development Dr. Hughvon Des Vignes said his party will decide their slate of candidates after a meeting on Friday, while Platform of Truth leader Hochoy Charles could not be reached for comment on his selection.