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Deyalsingh gets PNM nod for St Joseph
People’s National Movement (PNM) senator Terrence Deyalsingh was nominated yesterday as the candidate to contest the St Joseph constituency in the November 4 by-election. Party treasurer and former finance minister Mariano Browne and St Joseph community activist Ronald Huggins were also screened, but were unsuccessful during a session which took three hours to complete at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain.
Addressing members of the media afterwards, Deyalsingh said: “First of all I would like to thank Almighty God, my family and the party for the vote of confidence. “The PNM has shown its leadership position today and it is the first party to put forward a candidate,” he said. “We are the premier political party and it is the first out of the block. We have taken a leadership position and I am humbled to have been given that task as we look forward to November 4.” The election was triggered after Speaker Wade Mark declared the seat vacant following former MP Herbert Volney’s resignation from the United National Congress (UNC).
PNM chairman Franklin Khan said the PNM is a party of process and that point was exemplified yesterday. “We want to put on record that we do not choose candidates by asking you to run,” Khan said. “It is a process that comes from the party groups. We had three excellent choices. The PNM is alive and ready to take on newcomers in the local elections and general elections.”
However, Khan said Deyalsingh will still have to be endorsed by the central executive tomorrow.
Interim leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner said yesterday that they too had already selected a candidate for the by-election. However, he refused to name the person. In an interview on Saturday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the United National Congress had not yet screened any candidates. Meanwhile, the Elections and Boundaries Commission is scheduled to stage a dry run of the nomination process for candidates today.
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