Chairman of the People’s National Movement (PNM), Finance Minister Colm Imbert will lead a contingent of officials on a visit to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) on Wednesday as the party prepares for local government elections later this year and general election next year.
Addressing reporters following the PNM’s General Council Meeting at Balisier House, Imbert confirmed the group would include Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell; Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis; Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan; Senator Foster Cummings; IT Specialist Jessie Williams; and Stanford Callender representing Tobago.
He said the meeting was pre-arranged to discuss matters relating to the two upcoming elections, as well as assess the EBC’s readiness and preparedness.
Last held in T&T on November 28, 2016, the local government elections is constitutionally due in early December.
Elections were held to select the membership of 14 local municipal authorities, with representatives elected from 137 electoral districts across the country.
The PNM is currently receiving nominations from all party groups for local government candidates and has set a deadline date of June 30 for those nominations to close, at which time screening will then begin.
Additionally, Imbert announced that calls have gone out for nominations for seats normally contested during the general election which is constitutionally due by September 2020.
He said, "These are seats where the PNM are not currently represented but we certainly intend to. The political leader has called for nominations in the constituencies of St Augustine; Pointe-a-Pierre; Cumuto/Manzanilla; Barataria/San Juan; and Chaguanas East."
Imbert said these constituency nominations would commence immediately with a cut-off date of July 12, followed by screening shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, preparations are continuing for the PNM’s annual family day which will be held on July 14 at Phase 6, La Horquetta.
Party members urged: Buy a $10 brick
Party faithfuls are being urged to contribute to the new Balisier House which is currently under construction by buying a brick for $10.
Reconfirming the directive had come from party leader Dr Keith Rowley, PNM’s general secretary Foster Cummings said construction of the new headquarters had begun, funded out of donations and would be continued through donations by supporters.
Speaking during the press conference which followed yesterday’s General Council meeting, party chairman Colm Imbert said the fund-raising initiative had preceded last year’s grand car raffle which had managed to raise over $8 million.
It is estimated that the five-storey building which includes underground parking is costing millions to construct.
A quick check of ongoing works revealed that the basement had already been cast.
The new structure is expected to provide office space for party operations and will also feature rental spaces which will enable the PNM to generate a steady cash flow stream for the party's longevity.
The current Balisier House is to be refurbished and used as a museum and archive library.