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Tobago Forwards leader Christlyn Moore
says her party is here to stay despite failure
to capture any of the 12 seats in yesterday's
Tobago House of Assembly elections.
Speaking with the media at the party head-
quarters after results were confirmed, Moore,
who was heavily criticised for a comment
she made in a radio interview last week (see
other story), said her party has to analyse
the figures before making any pronounce-
Speaking about the party's performance,
Moore said, "I don't think we are at that
point, we have to look at the numbers, but
as for right now we know that we gave it
our all so we are not in the place where
we're casting blame or anything like that.
"I think we're simply looking at our per-
formance and knowing that the effort we
put in was superlative -- all the candidates
put in 125 per cent and we should not lose
sight of that."
She said her team did their best going into
the election and the Tobago Forwards had
gained a lot of ground.
"We are very, very pleased and proud of
the support that we have received from mem-
bers of our organisation and from members
across the political divide. We know that we
were unsuccessful at this showing, but we
will look at it as a process," she said.
"We will take stock, perhaps some chang-
es, perhaps some tweaking may be needed
before going forward, but we definitely have
to take a moment to appreciate all our can-
didates, all the effort that the respective
teams put into it. All the expediters, the
runners, the drivers, the supporters and the
family members, we have to take time out
to pay tribute to all these people and give
them our heartfelt thank you."
Moore, who was less favoured in compar-
ison to other newcomers on the Tobago
political landscape, the People's Democratic
Patriots (PDP), congratulated PDP leader
Watson Duke and candidate Farley Augustine
for taking the Roxborough/Delaford and
Parlatuvier/L'anse Fourmi/Speyside seats
"It is definitely positive. You know we
spent four years with no opposition voice
and we have to understand the PNM being
in incumbency in the THA and in government
in Trinidad, it is clear that their foothold in
the Tobago space is eroding."
She added: "So we will look at that and
see where that takes us in the long term,
but of course no democracy can function
without an opposition, so of course we
endorse the opposition voice in the Tobago
House of Assembly."
She said the Tobago Forwards also remains
open to the possibility of a coalition.
"We've always said we are willing to work
with opposition forces. We've had long-stand-
ing discussions with the TOP and we have
always had discussions with Mr Duke. Ulti-
mately, all of our goals converge, all we want
is what's best for the people of Tobago, so
once assistance is sought it will be given."
She said her supporters can stand assured
that the Tobago Forwards will remain relevant
in Tobago politics.
"I'm going nowhere, I'm going to take two
days off then we will do some administrative
work ... and I'll be right back in your face
There was a sombre and reflective mood
at the Tobago Forwards headquarters in Scar-
borough on election night as the THA elec-
tion results came in.
Supporters said they believe things would
have turned out differently if Moore had not
made the now infamous Visine statement.
They said it did irrepairable damage to the
party's chances ahead of the election.
One female supporter, who preferred to
remain unidentified, said she thought the
apology made by her political leader was
"Yes she apologised, but she could have
explained what she meant in greater detail.
It's not in Christlyn's nature to poison any-
one. Diarrhoea doesn't kill you, it gives you
a good clean out, it's the body's own
self-cleansing mechanism, so in essence she
was really calling on persons to do some
Another male supporter had no issue with
the statement made by his political leader.
"So why must a person who does not live
here come up here and try to influence what
happens here? We are the ones feeling the
pressure! Let's be fair, just look at how they
structure things for the whole Christmas
season, is pressure with the boat, all of a
sudden they change the sailing time of the
ferry to ensure all they people could come
up and vote. I have absolutely no problem
with the comment. Christlyn just said what
all Tobagonians have in their heart."
Meanwhile, the Tobago Forwards candidate
for the Black/ Rock Whim/Spring Garden
seat, Beverly Ramsey-Moore, said she didn't
see the "Visine" comment as having an effect
on the outcome of the election.
"I've never given thought to that really. I
concentrated on the race. I know that we
did not have the resources of the other party,
so it would seem that if you don't have a
set of money and music and the set of big
trucks, but you know that this is what God
has allowed I am prepared to accept that."
She congratulated her opponent for his
victory in the election.
"I want to congratulate Mr Kelvin Chares,
of course you know he was the PNM leader
and I challenged him and we are from the
same community. I look forward to working
with our community leaders in the village."
Tobago Forwards political leader Christ-
lyn Moore is standing by her 'Visine'
remarks made during a radio interview last
Friday. The statement, which created a
firestorm on social media and in Tobago
by extension, has been described as 'reck-
less' and 'unbecoming' of a politician who
was seeking public office on the island.
During the election campaign, Moore
accused the People's National Movement
(PNM) of bringing people from Trinidad to
vote in the Tobago House of Assembly elec-
tions, which it won 10-2 yesterday.
She said, "I say to hoteliers and small
guest house operators, when they come in
your house, you know what, don't feed them.
We say treat them with scant courtesy, they
must not be encouraged to come back, I say
drop Visine in their ?water, give them diar-
rhoea, they must go home."
She issued an apology the same day fol-
lowing the incident, saying, "Tone is often
lost in the spoken word! In my playful ban-
ter with Dale and Tony, I joked about Visine.
For clarity, I do not condone or encourage
hurting people and any such imaging is
However, when questioned during THA
election day voting about the effect her
statements may cause on domestic tourism,
Moore said any Trinidadian coming to Toba-
go to subvert the will of Tobagonians should
go back home
"We have no problem with any visitors to
Tobago. What we have a problem with is
persons who have been imported into the
space to try to change the outcome of the
will of the residents, I want to be very clear,"
"We have no difficulty at all with visitors.
How can we, our entire economy runs on
visitors? But nobody invites somebody into
their house so that they can destroy their
house, nobody does that, certainly we can-
not encourage that. The will of the Tobago
people in terms of their governance is run
in a particular way, then visitors cannot come
in and change that, that's wrong."
Moore's Tobago Forwards did not win any
of the 12 seats in the THA elections. She
contested the Bethel/Mt. Irvine electoral
district, where she garnered 674 votes. The
PNM candidate Shomari Hector received
1184 votes, while the PDP's Alicia Rob-
erts-Patterson received 283 votes.
...adjusts Visine comment slightly
here to stay---Moore
Tobago Forwards leader Christlyn Moore
shows off her stained finger after voting at
the Lambeau AC School yesterday.
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