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People s National Movement
Port-of-Spain South nominee
Louis Lee Sing says it would be
unthinkable for anyone to ask
him to support or assist incum-
bent Marlene McDonald if
PNM s screening team chooses
Lee Sing, former Port-of-Spain
Mayor, is one of three nominees
being screened for that seat
Wednesday at Balisier House. He
spoke to the Guardian after the
constituency s executive met last
Wednesday and agreed to back
McDonald for the candidacy.
PNM Chair for Port-of-Spain
South Jean Elder confirmed this.
"Port-of-Spain South supports
Marlene McDonald. She s the per-
son whom the executive will rec-
ommend to the screening team
Elder declined, last week, to
comment on the prospects of Lee
Sing and radio show host Isha
Wells, another nominee.
Lee Sing is claiming that the
meeting of the executive was
"I m reliably informed the
incumbent was at the meeting
the executive held last Wednesday
to decide on who they d recom-
mend. That s highly unacceptable
and runs in the face of any dem-
ocratic process and a level playing
field," Lee Sing said.
"I am however still awaitng list
of party group chairmen and sec-
retaries which I requested from
the constituency executive since
October 21 and it s now a couple
days before screening."
Lee Sing said it was important
for PNM to be cohesive since the
Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
had also targeted POS South.
McDonald didn t answer calls
Cabinet meets in Tobago again on
December 11, following which the Toba-
go leg of the Prime Minister s toy drive
will be held on December 12.
Cabinet met at the Magdalena Grand
Hotel, Tobago two weeks ago when an
historic first joint meeting of the THA
executive council and Cabinet was held
on Tobago self-government and other
The upcoming Cabinet sitting on
December 11 will be at the same venue.
Communication Minister Vasant
Bharath told the Guardian he did not
foresee a special session on the security
issue in Tobago following the double
murder of elderly German couple Huber-
tus and Brigid Keil.
"But this is not to say we won t be
taking the opportunity to engage the THA
on it. Tourism Minister Gerry Hadeed
had gone to Tobago during the recent
double murder and National Security
Minister Gary Griffith also held talks with
Tobago officials," Bharath said. (GA)
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Port-of-Spain South still in doubt
Lee Sing was concerned at his party's handling of the San Fernando
East MP Patrick Manning, a former prime minister.
Manning said last week he would consider contesting the seat in the
2015 general election. The announcement came as a surprise to many
as Manning has had major and prolonged health issues.
"I heard people asking what Mr Manning wants. I think he wants
proper succession in San Fernando East and it's not too much to ask,
Lee Sing said.
"Mr Manning needs to be treated as the special person he has
earned the place to be. You can't treat with him as you would everyone
San Fernando East public relations officer Anthony Clarke said Man-
ning was awaiting a reply from political leader Keith Rowley to a letter
suggesting that he and Rowley hold talks.
However, PNM general secretary Ashton Ford said he was awaiting a
reply from Manning on his November 26 invitation for Manning to
meet party's national executive on Wednesday.
Ford said Manning hadn't replied.
"The invitation was issued on behalf of the leader and executive but I
don't know if he's coming. We merely invited him to a meeting. We're
at a loss why he released the letter publicly," he said.
"When the general secretary writes him to come and meet the na-
tional executive, that must be like a red flag before a bull," Lee Sing
"If I was leader I'd seek to meet Mr Manning one on one, perhaps
with the general secretary. But to ask him to meet the entire national
executive is not only unreasonable but also suggests indiscretion on
the part of those requesting the meeting. When they did that, what did
they expect of Manning?"
He added, "I hope the leadership will return to the drawing board and
find the best way to address San Fernando East, because San Fer-
nando East ain't Port-of-Spain South.
Ford said Rowley was due home yesterday. Asked if Rowley would
respond to Manning today, Ford said Rowley would have to speak on
that. He said San Fernando East has asked the party to postpone
nomination submission, due today.
Clarke said there was no urgent need to nominate candidates. (GA)
CONFUSION OVER SAN FERNANDO EAST
Moko jumbies have fun during the National Carnival Commission
launch of the 2015 regional Carnival at the Cumuto Recreational
Ground, Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore, Saturday.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
MOKO JUMBIES INVADE BARRACKPORE
Days before PNM screening...
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