Application forms to become a special voter in the ruling PNM’s internal election must be submitted to the PNM by Monday.
This was indicated by the PNM’s election supervisory team. All executive posts are up for contest in PNM’s September 30 internal poll.
Special voting will be done on September 23 for people who may be out of the country on September 30 and unable to vote then.
The team said application forms to become a Special Voter are available at Balisier House. Life members will be among those eligible to be Special Voters.
On September 23, special voting will be done from 8 am to 6 pm at PNM’s Balisier House, Port-of-Spain head office and PNM’s Tobago Council office in Scarborough.
All registered PNM members are eligible to vote on September 30, the team stated.
Training of election officials for the exercise takes place next Monday in north and next Tuesday in South. PNM leader Keith Rowley has offered a slate to contest all 16 executive posts. Five of his team members are unopposed but 11 others are being challenged by several frontline members of the former Patrick Manning PNM administration as well as several people contesting independently.
Rowley’s slate held its latest campaign meeting in San Fernando on Thursday night. PNM sources said the Rowley slate has offered the independent candidates to speak at their meetings up to last week in Diego Martin. But only a few took up the offer, they added. Former PNM ministers have been campaigning at meetings all of this week, it was confirmed.
Hazel Manning, wife of former late prime minister Patrick Manning, attended last Sunday’s launch of ex- minister Mustapha Abdul Hamid’s campaign for PNM chairman. Abdul Hamid is going up against Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Rowley’s slate.
Last Sunday’s launch also featured former Youth Officer Chinua Alleyne—Manning’s nephew—who’s contesting the general secretary’s post against Rowley slate member Foster Cummings. There was a strong presence of PNM Youth league members at the function where Youth league chairman Saleem Neptune spoke.