La Horquetta/Talparo Member of Parliament (MP) Maxie Cuffie is among People’s National Movement (PNM) incumbents who are interested in nomination to contest elections again, however, Cuffie says he’s “putting matters in God’s hands.”
Cuffie was among some incumbents commenting on their respective position regarding nomination. This follows last Saturday’s announcement by party chairman Colm Imbert of the first batch of constituencies chosen to submit General Election nominees.
The batch comprises 25 constituencies, 11 of which are United National Congress (UNC)-held areas. Nominations must be submitted by March 30. Nominations for the other 16 seats will be sought after that.
When asked if any PNM incumbents were willing to serve again, Imbert advised reporters to ask incumbents.
MP Cuffie said ever since he suffered a stroke in 2017, he’s let God direct his plans and he continues to do so.
Other PNM incumbents in recent Guardian Media reports had confirmed interest/intention on accepting nominations.
They include Randall Mitchell (San Fernando East), Faris Al Rawi (San Fernando West), Anthony Garcia (Arima), Edmund Dillon (Point Fortin), Esmond Forde (Tunapuna), Ancil Antoine (D’Abadie O’Meara), Fitzgerald Hinds (Laventille West).
Arouca Maloney’s Camille Robinson-Regis said yesterday she’s indicated to her constituency chairman she’s available for nomination. St Joseph’s Terrence Deyalsingh said he’d have spoken with his executive.
La Brea MP Nicole Olivierre said “Of course, I’m going up, I did a lot of work with youths and others in the community and I certainly intend to continue building on the work I’ve done.”
Certain PNM ministers such as Robert Le Hunte and Donna Cox are also open to contesting if selected.
However, Port-of-Spain North MP Stuart Young didn’t reply to text and Whatsapp queries on whether he’d seek nomination.
Moruga MP Lovell Francis didn’t answer calls whether he’d accept nomination. He was recently spotlighted in the controversial Karukera concert issue.
His constituency executive meets soon and his position on nomination should be known then, officials said.
Lopinot-Bon Air MP Cherrie Ann Crichlow Cockburn didn’t answer text and calls on nomination.
After she was recently shifted from the Social Development Ministry to a junior ministerial Planning Ministry, sources close to her said a decision on nomination “would be made soon.”
It was confirmed yesterday that up to now she hasn’t indicated to her executive if she’d be available for nomination.
Toco/Sangre Grande MP Glenda Jennings Smith didn’t reply to calls. However, constituency officials said she’s open to nomination though the process is also open to anyone else nominated.
POS South MP Marlene McDonald who’s before the court, didn’t answer calls, nor did Diego Martin Central MP Darryl Smith, who was fired from Government in 2018.
Meanwhile, PNM general secretary Foster Cummings yesterday brushed off Fixin’ T&T’s Kirk Waithe ‘s plan to contest elections with his NOW party.
Waithe announced this in Guardian Media in January.
He’s considering contesting Tunapuna. But Cummings said, “He’s no threat to the PNM.”
UNC deputy leader David Lee added, “I wish Waithe luck – the election’s a straight two party race : UNC versus PNM.”
The UNC continues screening nominees this week for PNM-held areas in the East-West corridor.