Tobago – The People’s National Movement, which had majority control of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), lost to the Progressive Democratic Patriots in the Assembly elections on Monday, December 6.
Preliminary results indicate that the PDP went away with a staggering nine out of a possible 15 seats.
There’s a tie in the Plymouth/Black Rock district where the PDP and the People’s National Movement both have 229 votes.
The Innovative Democratic Alliance could provide a tiebreaker with the three votes they were able to garner in that district.
This was the second time Tobagonians returned to the polls after the first election on January 26 ended in deadlock.
Since then three more seats were added under the Tobago House of Assembly (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
The PDP is led by political leader Watson Duke and deputy leader Farley Augustine who is slated to become the new Chief Secretary of the THA.
Speaking in his victory address, Augustine issued a warning to Prime Minister Keith Rowley who is also from Tobago.
“Let this be a resounding message, a strong message that we have rejected your notion that we are only good enough to earn $200 million a year and we must resort to being beggars of the national purse”, he said.