FLASHBACK – The first sitting of the new Assembly Legislature of the THA, on Thursday 28 January 2021, which saw the first deadlock in voting on a Presiding Officer. (Image courtesy THA Assembly Legislature)
CAMILLE McEACHNIE 

One week after Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) sent the Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement (PNM) a proposal for temporary shared governance of Tobago, the PNM has made a counteroffer. 

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. 

According to a release from the PNM on Thursday morning, 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. 

Responding to the release, the PDP’s deputy leader Farley Augustine said the party would meet to discuss the counteroffer today. 

He said the party received it last night at 10:49. 

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.