Political leader of the PNM Council in Tobago, Tracy Davidson-Celestine has denied that the party is seeking to woo members of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) to cross the floor.
She said yesterday the PNM was very comfortable with its position following Monday’s deadlock at the polls.
The party won six of the 12 seats in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections while their opponents, the PDP also won six seats.
Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew yesterday, Davidson-Celestine said the PNM won the popular vote in Monday’s election and despite losing four of its seats on the Assembly to the PDP, she believed their support base was growing.
“In terms of a cursory glance in the history of voting on the island, we would observe that since 2009, there has been an increase in the number of persons. Whether it is small or large is up for debate but there has been an increase in the number of persons supporting the PNM from 2009 to present. That is documented in the archives of the EBC so in terms of the support from the members of the public, from the Tobagonians at this point, we are comfortable at this point that we are trending upwards,” Davidson-Celestine said.
She said the party needs to do an assessment to see where they can “tighten up” moving forward.
“Perhaps what comes out at me very glaringly at this point in time could be issues having to do with maybe candidate selection in one or two of the areas. As you would know, we would have had some challenges there and that was played out in the public domain but by and large, our support base in Tobago has been growing and as I said, it has consistently been increasing over the years.”
Asked if the party would try to woo any PDP member to cross the floor to break the deadlock, Davidson-Celestine said this was would not happen. She said she agreed with the calls for a fresh election.
“We have not been attempting to tempt anyone from the other side. We have made our case to the Tobago public in that there are quite a lot of issues arising from some of the representatives in the PDP so we are in no way attempting to influence anyone from the other side to give support to us as we move this exercise forward.”