Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley addressed the nation in his recent Media Conference in Tobago, held on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021.
Tobago will go back to the polls later this year. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced today’s meeting with the 12 elected Assemblymen to resolve the 6-6 deadlock from the Tobago House of Assembly election on January 25th.
The Prime Minister said the general sentiment of the 12 elected Assemblymen is that they can come together to elect/select persons to have a functioning Tobago House of Assembly until such time the Joint Select Committee has completed its work on the Tobago Amendment Bill. PM Rowley says he has confidence that the 12 Assemblymen can work together in the interim.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said it would have been a dereliction of duty if he did not treat the deadlock, which virtually stalled the Assembly’s functioning. He reminded that he earlier sought legal advice (Senior Counsel) on Tobago’s situation and noted that the Government did not do anything to block any possible court matter arising out of the deadlock.
Noting that Tobago House of Assembly Amendment Bill 2021 was passed in the Senate late last night, PM Rowley said as leader of the country, and he led his team in the Parliament to amend the law. This bill proposes to increase the number of Electoral Districts in the THA from 12 to 15, among other things.
Prime Minister Rowley said the PNM has no fear of election defeat. He said the party revels in its successes and expects to do well in every election. He said the party also has the resilience to accept defeat if and when it comes.
On the reopening of T&T borders, PM Rowley says this all depends on the masses. Those in other nations are sufficiently inoculated to allow free movement and a decrease in COVID-19 cases.
The PM says T&T is well on track to receiving coronavirus vaccines. However, he said the administration would prohibit any vaccine that is not WHO-approved for use in T&T.