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PDP candidate for Tobago East Watson Duke and supporters last Friday.

Camille McEachnie

The Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement (PNM) wants Progressive Democratic Patriots’ leader Watson Duke to stop referring to the constituency as a marginal seat.

Duke is facing the PNM’s Tobago East Ayanna Webster-Roy for the second consecutive general election.

They first went head to head for the seat in 2015.

Back then, Webster- Roy won by over 6,000 votes.

Since the August 10 election bell was rung, Duke and some political pundits have labelled the seat as marginal.

However, the PNM said it can’t be relabelled.

On Tuesday the Tobago PNM Council’s leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine dubbed Duke as a character in an English nursery rhyme for ‘his marginal grasp of Arithmetic.”

“Like Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland, Mr Duke seems to think that a word can mean whatever he wants it to mean. In Mr Duke’s case, that word is ‘marginal’. Obviously, he is not paying attention to the facts and figure,” she said in a release.

Webster-Roy also questioned whether Duke understood Maths.

“Those numbers (69.4 per cent) do not describe a marginal seat,” Webster-Roy said in the release.

She also said she would win the seat again.

“I am confident that the quality and consistency of my representation has retained public confidence in me as the voice and face of Tobago East in Parliament,” the PNM candidate said.