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Trinidad and Tobago Police Retirees Association
NOTICE OF ELECTIONS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS - 2014
Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Retirees Association are hereby notified that nominations are invited to fill
positions on the executive committee, in elections due to be conducted under section 1 of the Election Rules.
Members are asked to check the list of electors to ensure that their names are on the list. Posted at
o Association's Office, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
o Police Administration Building Cor. Edward & Sackville Sts. Port of Spain.
o Tunapuna Police Station, Cor. Eastern Main Road & Pasea Road.
o Carnbee/Mt.Pleasant Community Centre, Mt. Pleasant, Tobago.
o San Fernando Police Headquarters Harris Promenade San Fernando **
Qualified members, who are desirous of contesting these elections, may do so through nomination made on their behalf
and with written consent on prescribed forms which will be made available at the Association's Head Office, 1B
Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M on the following days Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Nomination forms must be signed by two (2) financial members, whose names must appear on the list of electors. These
forms should be deposited on or before Nomination Day, at above address but not later than 4:00 P.M. on:
Thereafter, the Returning Officer will examine and decide on the validity (or otherwise) of Nomination Papers received,
proceed with the nomination and post appropriate notices. In the event Elections are to be contested such elections will
be held on:
Between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 6:00P.M. and the preliminary results will be posted at the Association's Office on
polling Day March 29th 2014. Any candidate/s wishing to have a re-count conducted may request same in writing before
12:00 noon on Sunday 30th March 2014. Thereafter no requests will be entertained.
Have you ever been to Port-of-
Spain for Carnival? I asked Nigel,
a Tobagonian in Buccoo. "Nah!"
He answered sharply. "Too much
violence in Trinidad."
The next day at Pirate s Bay,
Charlotteville, tourists were talking
about a German couple who two
days earlier had been tied up and
robbed on the beach. They were
rescued only when their friend s
yacht appeared, ready for a pre-
The Charlotteville locals were
blaming Trinidadians for the rob-
bery, as Tobagonians often do when
some robbery has taken place.
"I saw the car they were in, it
was Trinidadian," somebody said.
But can you really differentiate
between cars registered on either
It was symbolic of the suspicion
and resentment some Tobagonians
harbour towards their brothers and
sisters on the larger island. It s sim-
ilar to Scottish or Welsh resentment
towards the English---the position
of underdog, the gnawing feeling
of being ignored, under-represent-
ed, even oppressed.
So, why the resentment? There
is inequality in budget and
resources, yes. But is that not to
be expected when one island has
one-tenth of the population of the
The fact that the Tobago House
of Assembly (THA) has no treasury
of its own and relies on the cash
distribution of Trinidad s central
government is a major standpoint
of autonomist parties such as the
Tobago Organisation of the People
(TOP) party. So is the fact that
Tobago gets punished according to
the political swing of the bigger
island. When the United National
Congress (UNC) is in power, there
is the belief that budgets are
slashed. Hence why Tobago per-
petually swings back to the PNM.
One wonders if there will ever
be sufficient groundswell of sup-
port to hold a referendum on
Tobagonian independence, as will
happen in Scotland in September
It would require consistent polit-
ical victories for a separatist party---
like the Scottish National Party has
achieved in multiple elections---
not the recent, momentary victory
of the TOP which quickly ebbed
It would require people like Deb-
orah Moore-Miggins and Hochoy
Charles to collaborate and it would
need to enthuse the people of
Tobago about politics. It is an island
more obsessed with religion than
Politics aside, separatism is often
rooted in culture and attitudes.
Politically, T&T has had a Tobag-
onian PM. The current opposition
leader is Tobagonian and spends
most weekends there. Gordon
Brown, Britain s last PM, was Scot-
tish. So was Tony Blair, technically.
But behaviours and customs
define "people." And the people
of the two islands that make up
T&T look different, talk different,
lime different, dance different.
They eat the same things, broadly
"Trinis come to Tobago and treat
it like their little play island," a
hotelier from Trinidad who owns
a hotel in Tobago told me.
Many don t get further than
Store Bay let alone the beautiful,
parts like Moriah, Arnos Vale or
Videos of Trinidadians "cooling
down" at Pigeon Point after Car-
nival are as embarrassing to me as
Brits on the Costa del Sol. Coloni-
sation by tourists is always unat-
tractive, but can you be a tourist
in your own country?
As Health Minister Fuad Khan
recently claimed, "Tobago is part
All ah we is one family
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