Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

The People’s National Movement screening team’s review of the Toco-Sangre Grande candidate was still ongoing yesterday – but screening resumes today with four nominees for La Brea and another four for Lopinot-Bon Air West.

The PNM’s screening team, headed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, last week selected former cricket star Mervyn Dillon for Toco-Sangre Grande but there was a subsequent complaint from some party groups. The PNM then decided to review the selection. Yesterday, PNM PRO Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing said the review is continuing.

Toco PNMites have been lobbying for another nominee, alderman Roger Munroe. He received support from seven of Toco’s 16 party groups and the area’s Youth League. Another favourite is Loren Heath, who got support from eight groups.

Meanwhile, four PNM La Brea nominees who on Monday received various levels of party group support for the candidacy will be screened this afternoon.

However, the La Brea executive still stands behind the initial nominee, ex-minister Robert Le Hunte, who was rejected last week after being screened. Incumbent, MP Nicole Olivierre, who was also screened, wasn’t accepted either.

Constituency executive chairman Wayne Wood said 14 people had sought nomination but only four people got party groups’ support: Shivonne David-Spencer (six party groups), Maurice Alexander (one party group), Neil Derrick (one party group) and Germaine Bovell- Pitt (two party groups). Wood said Le Hunte retained support from nine groups while the combined total of party group support for the four nominees is 10. Prior to being rejected, Le Hunte had support from 16 of the 19 groups.

Lopinot-Bon Air West is presenting four – mainly new – names. The unit last week presented about eight people but was sent back to expand the search.

Officials said approximately 10 people recently sought nominations but only four got party group support. The area has 10 groups. Someone who was among last week’s nominees is also seeking screening, it’s understood. A preferred nominee is expected by midday. —Gail Alexander