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PNM supporters upset over Tobago candidate

Trinidad Express / Some People’s National Movement (PNM) supporters, who are not happy with the selection of candidate for Scarborough/Calder Hall Marclyn Jack for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections, embarked on protest action outside the PNM Tobago Council office yesterday. Police were later called to the compound to quell the disturbance, as a media conference was at the time being held by the PNM Tobago Council. Protesters called for Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus to be named the candidate instead. Also arriving on the scene during the protest action was Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) leader Watson Duke. At last Wednesday’s PNM screening of prospective candidates, school principal Marclyn Jack was chosen as the preferred candidate to represent the Scarborough/ Calder Hall seat, despite Tsoiafatt-Angus receiving 35 votes from the Council of the PNM. Jack received 15 votes, according to information reaching the Express. PNM supporter James Trim is vowing supporters will vote for the Watson Duke-led party if the decision is not reversed. Duke said the arms of the PDP are open to all of the PNM. “They have a right to choose who they want to represent them, and those who are in charge have a right to listen to these people. Here what I am saying here this morning is if they do not get who they want, they can come by the PDP,” Duke said. In an immediate response. Tobago PNM Council chairman Stanford Callender said the screening committee has the authority to veto any decision made by the PNM Tobago Council and the constitution has been changed to provide such. The PNM Tobago executive council meets today to determine the way forward, for the 2017 THA elections.

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