There was silence yesterday from Tobago People’s National Movement (PNM) hierarchy on the ongoing saga between the party’s Scarborough/Calder Hall group and their nominated candidate Marslyn Melville-Jack, who has been chosen to contest next year’s Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election.
Three of the five-party groups in the electoral district have petitioned the island council over the choice of Melville-Jack and copied it to the general council, asking that Melville-Jack’s nomination be revoked and Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus be nominated instead.
The groups told Guardian Media yesterday that since they sent the petition over the weekend they have received no response. However, the party groups said they would continue to lobby until someone meets with them.
“We are vowing not to give up until the decision is reversed,” the group wrote.
The party groups said based on the non-response from the party executive, a decision was made to take another step, hence their decision to ask Melville-Jack, who is also the Tobago Council Lady Vice-Chair, to resign.
Meanwhile, the party is reportedly moving ahead with getting its electioneering machinery in place and began training election personnel on Sunday.
Guardian Media reached out via telephone and WhatsApp to Melville-Jack, the Tobago Council’s political leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Melville-Jack and Tsoiafatt-Angus yesterday but got no response to our voice or text messages. Similar attempts to reach PNM general secretary Foster Cummings were also unsuccessful.
↔—Camille Mc Eachnie