The social media advertisement released by the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), promoting the party’s drive-in campaign meetings. (Image courtesy PDP)

Watson Duke’s Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) says it is taking the general election campaign in Tobago to a new level by offering, for the first time, drive-in campaign meetings.

Instead of the typical crowd gathered in an open area while being addressed by candidates, the drive in campaign will see persons remain in their vehicles while the meeting will be projected on a big screen, movie style.

When asked about the thought process behind the “Drive in Campaign”, PDP political leader, Watson Duke, said the concept is “innovative and part of his party’s political DNA”.

“The PDP is a forward thinking—and as our name says—progressive group of persons,” he stated. “We have also not forgotten that while we may be fortunate, COVID-19 is real and we want the Tobago public to remain safe so we felt that we could use this method for our large gatherings.”

Duke said when persons arrive at the venue, they will be guided by parking attendants to ensure the space is well organised. He also urged attendees to show their “support for the blackout 2020 movement” by honking horns and waving their PDP flags.

There will be three drive in campaign meetings: the first at Garden Side Carpark, Scarborough on Saturday July18. That will be followed by the Cyd Gray Stadium Carpark on Sunday July 19. The third meeting will be held at Lucy Vale at Speyside on Monday July 20.