The THA’s Assembly Legislature building, Jerningham Street, Scarborough. (Image: CAMILLE McEACHNIE)
CAMILLE McEACHNIE

The Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) will meet in emergency session today, to discuss the counterproposal for temporary shared governance of Tobago, which the party has received from the Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement (PNM).

The PNM Tobago submitted its proposal to the PDP last night, at about 10:49.

In an official statement on the matter, the PDP says the matter is important, hence the emergency meeting.

“Our team considers this matter urgent and therefore, will meet today so that a response can be provided in a timely manner,” the PDP statement said.

“We are grateful that they agree, in principle, with the need for an amalgamation for the purpose of advancing Tobago’s autonomy,” the release added.

The counterproposal from the PNM Tobago states the PMM has agreed to accept the posts of Presiding Officer, Chief Secretary, four secretarial positions, and two councillors.

The PDP offered the PNM Chief Secretary, Presiding Officer, a councillor and half of the secretarial positions.

The PDP wanted the Deputy Chief Secretary, Finance Secretary, two councillors, and half of all secretarial positions.

However, PNM’s request to fill the post of Finance Secretary seems to have been declined.

It is also offering the PDP four secretarial positions and that of Deputy Presiding Officer.

If the agreement can be hammered out, it is expected to last six months until the Tobago Autonomy Bill is passed, and there are fresh elections.

Following the six/six tie in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections between the PDP and PNM on January 25th, 2021, and the inauguration of the 12 Assemblymen on January 28th, there is no functioning Assembly as the 12 could not agree on a Presiding Officer.