Story by GAIL ALEXANDER
The ruling People’s National Movement's screening team has selected top sportswoman Cleopatra Borel to replace MP Marlene McDonald in Port-of-Spain South and the La Brea executive has been sent back to find more nominees despite backing former minister Robert Le Hunte for candidacy.
Those nominated for PoS South were constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and Brian Lewis. Borel was also at the screening. McDonald was also nominated but didn't turn up for screening. Contacted around 8.15 am Friday, McDonald answered her phone but didn't comment on the change. She is currently before the courts on alleged corruption charges.
Borel, a shot putter and former FCB Sportswoman of the Year awardee, was one of two former top T&T and regional athletes chosen.
Former West Indies fast bowler Mervyn Dillon was also
Given the nod for Toco-Manzanilla.
Dillon, who played for the West Indies from 1997-2005 and was the T&T Red Force coach up to this season, will replace incumbent Toco MP Glenda Jennings-Smith, who was nominated for screening among a total of seven nominees for the constituency. Richards got the nod in Point Fortin despite Point executive support for retired assistant police commissioner Donald Denoon.
La Brea's nominees were incumbent Nicole Olivierre and Le Hunte. But La Brea's executive was asked to widen its search for nominees. They are to return next week with more names.
The PNM's public relations officer Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing listed the end result of screening for several seats which was done from Thursday afternoon. The session ended after midnight.
The list given: Field athlete Cleopatra Borel (PoS South), former cricket star and current coach (Mervyn Dillon (Toco- Manzanilla), Diego Martin Corporation chairman Simon de Nobrega (Diego Martin Central), Point Fortin mayor Kennedy Richards Jr (Point Fortin), Clifford Rambharose (Oropouche East).