The ruling PNM’s Screening team has selected top sportswoman Cleopatra Borell to replace MP Marlene McDonald in Port of Spain South—and PNM’s La Brea executive has been sent back to find more nominees, despite backing former minister Robert Le Hunte for candidacy.
The PNM’s public relations officer Laurel Lezama- Lee Sing listed the end result of screening for several seats, which was done from Thursday afternoon. The session ended after midnight.
The list given: Borell (POS SOuth); cricket star (Mervyn Dillon (Toco Manzanilla); Diego Martin Corporation chairman Simon de Nobrega (DM Central); Point Fortin mayor Kennedy Richards Jr (Point Fortin); Clifford Rambharose (Oropouche East).
La Brea’s nominees were incumbent Nicole Olivierre and Le Hunte. But La Brea’s executive was asked to widen its search for nominees. They are to return next week with more names.
Those nominated for POS South were constituency executive chairman Wendell Stephens and Brian Lewis. Borell was also at the screening. McDonald was also nominated but did not turn up for screening. Contacted around 8.15 am, McDonald answered her phone but did not comment on the change. She is currently before the courts on alleged corruption charges.
Dillon will replace incumbent Toco MP, Glenda Jennings-Smith, who was nominated for screening also among a total of seven nominees for the constituency. Richards got the nod in Point Fortin, despite Point executive support for retired assistant police commissioner Donald Denoon.