Almost a week after an audio clip purporting to be two Tobago House Assembly (THA) executive members discussing plans to hire people in the THA to promote political propaganda surfaced, and still no response from Chief Secretary Farley Augustine on the matter.
Retired head of the Public Service Reginald Dumas has said if the dialogue did take place then the people involved should demit office.
Leader of the Peoples National Movement Tobago Council, Ancil Dennis, has called on Augustine and Secretary of Education Zorisha Hackett to resign. Dennis also wants fresh THA elections to be called as well.
“So there was a need for an election even before now, but at this time there is a need for an election and there is a need for a new Chief Secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference by the PNM Tobago Council on Friday, Dennis added that his party is ready for an election.
“The PNM is ready for any, eventually, but it matters not whether we are ready or not. We had said before, even before this development, that there was a need for an election. So, yes, there is a need for an election, not necessarily for this reason but for reasons we have already disclosed.
The former chief secretary also said: “The fact that you voted PDP as Tobagoians and within one year you had PDP changing to independents and now they have the gall to talk about forming a new party then, of course, that signals the need for an election.”