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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, December 22, 2014
Nominations for People s National
Movement San Fernando East con-
stituency closes today but many party
loyalists are sad that the tenure of
T&T s longest serving MP, Patrick
Manning, would finally come to an
However, some of Manning s sup-
porters said they were in favour of the
decision by the PNM executive not to
screen any candidate who submits
nominations after December 22.
Manning is awaiting the results of a
health assessment between December
23 to 31, and wanted the party, to extend
the nomination period to January 3,
next year, but his request was denied.
At the Village Plaza in Pleasantville
yesterday, constituents had mixed views
as to whether Manning should be given
another opportunity to serve.
Jennifer Hosang said: "I think they
should have extended the nomination
date to Mr Manning because he is the
most suitable candidate to serve. He is
most appropriate and I think despite
his health condition, he can still make
Matthew Rostant, also of Pleasantville
said he was "shocked and saddened"
that the PNM executive had treated
Manning in such a disdainful manner.
"I feel a sort of disappointment that
he will not be contesting and that he
may not come back because they will
not screen anybody after December 22.
Mr Manning is a distinguished gentle-
man and he will not give up. He wanted
to fight the seat. I am sad to see him
go."Other constituents said they wanted
a new representative.
Coconut vendor Errol Thomas said,
"I don t think the executive should
make special provisions for Mr Man-
ning. At the end of the day, nominations
are closing tomorrow and I don t think
Manning should contest this seat at
all. I think it is high time he leaves pol-
itics and enjoy his life," Thomas added.
Former PNM San Fernando East con-
stituency public relations officer,
Anthony Cook, also expressed personal
views on the matter saying he too felt
Manning should retire from politics.
"Personally, I don t think he should
go for nominations. He has served the
country extremely well and a lot of
people have benefited under his stew-
ardship. I want Mr Manning to live his
life. Politics is too strenuous at this
stage," Cook said.
Daniel Simon, who lives in the San
Fernando East constituency, said it will
be better if Manning served as a PNM
"He has a wealth of experience and
he should serve as a consultant. I don t
think serving as an MP is good for his
health. Give him a VIP consultancy
position," Simon recommended.
He also pointed out that Manning
failed to show for one of the screening
meetings so it was obvious, he could
not contest the seat again.
Kezlon Cooper of Orchid Gardens
said it was time for someone else to
get a chance to contest the seat which
was held by Manning since 1971.
Mixed views over
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Manning was unavailable for
comment yesterday. His wife,
former Education Minister Hazel
Manning said she will relay a
message to him.
PNM's Public Relations Officer
Faris Al-Rawi said party matters
were outside of his portfolio. He
directed questions to general
secretary Ashton Ford. However,
he is currently out of the country
and was unavailable for
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