Deyalsingh gets PNM nod
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Monday, October 7 2013
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PNM CANDIDATE: Senator Terrence Deyalsingh, second from right, is flanked by his wife Shema, right, and daughter, Dr Nadia Deyalsingh, left and PNM po...
Senator Terrence Deyalsingh has been chosen as the representative for the People’s National Movement (PNM) to contest the upcoming St Joseph Bye-Election.
This was revealed yesterday by PNM Chairman Franklin Khan, following a three-hour long screening process at the Balisier House, Tranquillity Street, Port-of-Spain.
Deyalsingh was selected over former senator Mariano Browne and community activist Ronald Huggins, after an extensive evaluation process which involved senior members of the Opposition party, the executive members of the St Joseph Constituency, and a specially selected screening committee.
Speaking shortly after the announcement, Khan emphasised that while Deyalsingh may have been chosen yesterday, he would only be officially acclaimed as a contender following a “dry run” process which is expected to be conducted today, and an endorsement from the Central Executive Board which is expected to occur at a meeting tomorrow.
“But we don’t see any problems in these regards. But it is just to be clear, while Mr Deyalsingh has been chosen by this selection committee, he is still subjected to our party’s procedure, and as such will only be officially acclaimed after Tuesday’s Central Executive meeting. But I must say, the selection board has made an excellent choice as a candidate from superb picks, and we are eager to see the contributions which will be made by Mr Deyalsingh,” Khan said.
In a brief interview with the media shortly after, Deyalsingh said he was very grateful and humbled by the decision made by the screening committee, and he was already looking forward to working under the title that he was given.
“I have to thank God, my family, and my party for the vote of confidence that they have shown in me by their decision. I want to also emphasise also, by what took place here today, you can see that the PNM has shown its leadership capabilities, by being the first party to go through this process and nominate a candidate for the upcoming Bye-Election. We have shown by taking this step forward and not waiting on anyone else, that we are the premiere political party. I am humbled to be given this title, and I look forward to what comes next,” Deyalsingh said.
Last Month, House Speaker Wade Mark formally declared Herbert Volney’s former seat vacant clearing the way for the bye-election to take place. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that the bye-election will take place on November 4. Nomination day is October 14. On September 9, Volney walked out of Parliament after Mark called on him to cease performing his functions as Member of Parliament, following Volney’s decision to resign as a member of the United National Congress (UNC). Volney won the seat on a UNC ticket in 2010.
The candidates for the other parties contesting the seat are yet to be formally announced.