The Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement(PNM) wants Tobagonians to head back to the polls to resolve the current constitutional impasse “as soon as is feasible.”
This in a release from the party on January 29. The release did do not give a timeframe for new polls.
Instead, it said resolving the impasse will not be “hasty” and required intervention from Parliament, Elections and Boundaries Commission, Assembly, and Tobagonians.
The PNM and Progressive Democratic Patriots(PDP) won 6 seats each in the January 25 Tobago House of Assembly(THA) elections.
The result was unparalleled in the island’s history, and the THA’s Act #40 of 1996 did not provide a solution if both parties failed to agree on a Presiding Officer.
The Presiding Officer is responsible for beginning the process to create the legislative arm of the island’s government.
In the Assembly Chamber on January 28, the PDP suggested the parties resort to the National constitution on the matter and cast lots.
However, the PNM’s release scoffed at the idea, saying it is tantamount to a “coin toss.”
All 12 assemblymen were sworn in on January 28 by President Paula-Mae Weekes.
The existing Executive Council, which includes some persons rejected at the THA’s polls, remains in place to run Tobago’s administrative arm of government.
Reporter: Camille McEachnie