Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus and Marslyn Melville- Jack face the People’s National Movement’s screening committee again to represent the party in the Scarborough/Calder Hall electoral district.
They are two of the 41 persons chosen by party groups to appear before the screening committee to vie for 12 electoral districts in the upcoming 2021 Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.
Melville- Jack is the Tobago Council’s Vice-Chair, and Tsoiafatt-Angus held the post of Public Relations Officer (PRO) for eight years.
According to the PNM’s constitution, the screening committee comprises of the party’s Political Leader, Chairman, Secretary, Lady Vice-Chairman, PRO, Vice Chairman, Operations Officer, and Elections Officer.
Tsoiafatt-Angus got the nod from four of the five (PNM) party groups as well as the popular vote this week.
According to party group officials, she got similar results, winning 3 of 4 party groups votes in 2017. However, her opponent Melville-Jack got the screening committee’s nod.
Party supporters, upset by the committee’s choice then, staged a noisy protest in the village openly calling for Tsoiafatt-Angus to be chosen.
The committee’s decision stood.
Melville-Jack went on to win the seat, becoming the THA’s Secretary of Community Development, Enterprise Development, and Labour.
Soon after becoming secretary, in 2017, the Melville-Jack-controlled Community Development department removed the lock to the community centre, which was operated by the village council.
This after village council members allegedly refused to hand over the keys as requested by the department. The department cited the non-payment of bills as one of the main reasons for its request.
Many of the PNM’s party members are also village council officials and rank and file members.
Guardian Media was informed then that the centre was indebted to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission to the tune of $90,000.
The department changed the locks, hired a facility’s manager, and installed a guard at the centre.
That year Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus then Community Development Secretary, commissioned the refurbished centre with then Chief Secretary and area representative Orville London.
The PNM’s Tobago Council leader Stanford Callender told Guardian Media the PNM has not set a date for the candidates to appear before the screening committee.