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Penny’s talks with elections team now set for today
A meeting between PNM’s elections commission and the team of PNM leadership challenger Pennelope Beckles-Robinson takes place this afternoon after being postponed from yesterday, Dr Bose Sharma of the challenging team confirmed yesterday. He said the postponement was due to the absence from T&T of commission chairman Charles Mitchell who was due back yesterday.
The challenging team is seeking to have 7,000 applications dropped from the preliminary list — due to alleged irregularities — placed on the final list for PNM’s May 18 internal poll. The team also wants incumbent executive contesting posts to stop running party and election affairs.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed the Beckles-Robinson camp has brought in an imaging expert to assist with the challenger’s profile. The team is also moving to streamline communication and other related aspects as the campaign moves into high gear. At last Wednesday’s planning meeting by the Beckles-Robinson team, concerns were expressed by several people about the need for a higher public profile in addition to the team’s “ground “ campaign.
Incumbent PNM leader Keith Rowley was scheduled to speak at meetings in Tobago last night and this weekend and has lined up future meetings in Central, South, East, West, Siparia and Manzanilla, plus a May 10 rally at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Yesterday PNM general secretary Ashton Ford issued a release on behalf of Laventille west councillors Adanna Griffith and Akil Audain endorsing Rowley for leader.