Nomination day for the January 23, 2017 Tobago House of Assembly election got underway today with candidates from four parties filing nomination papers.
Speaking on Power 102.1 F.M Tuesday morning, Tobago Forwards political leader Christlyn Moore said she expects things to run smoothly as it relates to filing her papers as all papers have been prescreened and approved.
The former People’s Partnership (PP) minister said her party has already completed its manifesto which will first be made available for online audiences before being printed in the daily gazette.
Meanwhile, People’s National Movement (PNM) member, Kelvin Charles says the people of Tobago can expect sound and credible leadership, should he be elected the island’s next Chief Secretary.
He says governance under the PNM would mean enhanced delivery and strengthened partnership.
“That is what we will be about. The economic and social foundations are strong, they are solid and we are best poised in terms of options to continue the developmental process in Tobago.”
The PNM candidate who acknowledged that Tourism in Tobago requires a boost says a number of partnership projects are already in the pipeline that would aid in this regard.
And, a third option for Tobagonians ahead of the election lies in Eudine Job-Davis who represents the Movement for Transformation.
Job-Davis says her party is prepared to make major changes to the way Tobagonians are governed.
She says the American system of two term limits would be adopted, should her party win the election. She noted that outgoing Chief Secretary Orville London has been in the position for the last 16 years.
The candidate says her party has a working document that will show a number of reformations to the current system, in areas of health, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism.
Finally, the Progressive Democratic Patriots headed by Watson Duke promises to deal with long-standing issues affecting Tobago including housing, employment, self-governance, education and health.
Duke says the party, if elected, plans to come to Trinidad and deliver a letter to the Prime Minister to renegotiate the relationship between Trinidad and Tobago.