Camille urges supporters to give PNM win at polls

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Monday, November 11, 2019 - 08:00

“Knock on every door and get every vote out!”

That was the com­mand from PNM la­dy Vice-Chair­man Camille Robin­son-Reg­is to the sea-of red-clad PN­Mites who showed up for Sun­day’s par­ty con­ven­tion and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment cam­paign launch.

“Call out every ounce of pas­sion and strength!” she ap­pealed. “We need to en­sure we get it done!”

Themed Get­ting It Done! the PNM yes­ter­day re­leased its cam­paign song at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah which at­tract­ed a large crowd from all con­stituen­cies, in­clud­ing youth del­e­gates.

The par­ty’s 49th con­ven­tion sched­uled to be­gin at 10 am, start­ed an hour late and with­out PNM leader Kei­th Row­ley. He ar­rived around 12.16 pm. PNM chair­man Colm Im­bert said Row­ley had been at a Memo­r­i­al day func­tion ear­li­er in the day.

Robin­son-Reg­is said the up­com­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tion is about what’s best for T&T in the 14 cor­po­ra­tions and “who’s get­ting it done” for you.

She list­ed a num­ber of achieve­ments by the Row­ley ad­min­is­tra­tion over its term, say­ing: “Bit by bit we’re get­ting it done and no one can say we’re do­ing it in a se­lec­tive, par­ti­san or dis­crim­i­na­to­ry way!”

Robin­son-Reg­is told PN­Mites that over the “next 21 days and 18 hours” to the De­cem­ber 2 elec­tion that the par­ty needs to do what it did in 2013 when it won in every To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly area, when it won the St Joseph by-elec­tion and al­so when it re­cap­tured the ma­jor­i­ty of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment seats.

“In the next 21 days and 18 hours we al­so need to do what we did for 2015 gen­er­al elec­tions, for the 2016 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment polls and for the THA elec­tions in 2017!” she added.

PNM chair­man Colm Im­bert, host­ing his first con­ven­tion as chair­man, said the PNM has had its ups and downs in pol­i­tics but al­ways re­turned with a “bang”.

He added, “We have no doubt we’ll be vic­to­ri­ous again in 2020 (gen­er­al polls) .”

Among res­o­lu­tions was a call by PNM’s Point Fortin unit for the needs and con­cerns of Petrotrin re­tirees, oth­er com­mu­ni­ty stake­hold­ers and fam­i­lies— con­cern­ing med­ical is­sues, dis­tri­b­u­tion and use of non-oil as­sets—be ad­e­quate­ly con­sid­ered in a “holis­tic so­cial and eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment plan for those com­mu­ni­ties”.

PNM’s Laven­tille-East Mor­vant unit al­so called for Gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish teams to ex­am­ine un­der-per­for­mance by youths. The unit not­ed that over the years in ur­ban ar­eas and es­pe­cial­ly dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed East-West cor­ri­dor ar­eas there has been an in­crease in the in­ci­dence of school dropouts, teen preg­nan­cies, mem­ber­ship in street gangs, sub­stance abuse and in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ty. It was al­so not­ed that youths “claimed” to feel alien­at­ed, ex­clud­ed and un­able to have a voice.

Among com­mit­tee re­ports, PNM’s mem­ber­ship screen­ing team ob­served that since (2017-18) the par­ty reg­is­tered a to­tal of 4,201 mem­bers “which is a lit­tle be­low our an­nu­al av­er­age an­nu­al reg­is­tra­tion” the com­mit­tee con­firmed. PNM Youth League’s re­port called for con­tract labour to be added to the na­tion­al agen­da.

Crowds who ar­rived by maxi taxis and bus­es for yes­ter­day’s con­ven­tion trick­led in slow­ly from 7.30 am, but the QPS au­di­to­ri­um was filled with red-clad PN­Mites and flag-wav­ing sup­port­ers by the time Row­ley ar­rived. A short, fat, In­do T&T man wear­ing a yel­low T-shirt with the slo­gan “Car­ry­ing Ba­by for Bar­ry” was among some spoofs of the Op­po­si­tion.

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Story by GAIL ALEXANDER

Image by NICOLE DRAYTON

Image caption: Supporters at the PNM convention held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Sunday.

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