Farley Augustine

The Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) is pleased with the response to its call for its members to apply to become candidates in the upcoming Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.

The party put out an advertisement on Wednesday asking for applicants interested in contesting the elections to apply immediately. The nomination process will end on September 15, the advertisement stated.

Speaking to Tobago Today via WhatsApp chat, PDP deputy leader Farley Augustine said they were pleased with the response.

“So far, we are getting an overwhelming response to our online application process. Members seem to be very excited about the prospects of getting to serve,” he said.

“However, applying is just the first step. The action groups for each electoral district will have a say, there will also be a screening committee to interview nominees and there will also be an investigative aspect to the process. So this is just the beginning of the process.”

He added:” Because our process is a somewhat lengthy and thorough one, we wish to begin the process now in hopes that we will be ready to begin selecting candidates from the start of next month.”

Questions were recently raised about the party’s stability and continuity after the leader Watson Duke said publicly that Augustine could not speak on his behalf.

This after Augustine apologised for some of Duke’s statements, about two Tobago women on the political hustings during the campaign for country’s recently held General Election.

Last Friday on his Facebook page, Duke put the notion of the party’s demise to rest.

“The PDP is not mashing up…There is no war within the PDP. The PDP is a family, and like all families, there would be disagreements…the PDP is strong. The PDP is steady,” Duke said via the Facebook live address.

The current term of the THA ends in 2021.