Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Fuad Abu Bakr will not be screened as a PNM candidate, party says

The People’s National Movement (PNM) has denied that leader of the New National Vision (NNV) Fuad Abu Bakr will be screened as a prospective candidate for the Port-of-Spain South seat in the upcoming general election.  

The seat is currently held by Marlene McDonald.

In an immediate response to reports that Abu Bakr would be appearing before the constituency's screening committee later today, the PNM issued a statement denying that this was the case.

The party said there is a prescribed process for a prospective candidate to be screened.

The statement explained: “The process for a person to become a nominee involves a call for nominations from the Party for nominees for the General Election (in this instance), with a deadline for the close of submission of nominations.”

“Interested Party Members must receive a nomination from a bona fide Party Group or from the Youth League within the respective Constituency.

The Constituency Executive will then forward the names of all persons who received nominations to the Party’s Secretariat.”

The PNM said that only those who receive nominations will then be scheduled to appear before the Screening Committee.

However, in a brief telephone interview with Loop News Abu Bakr contradicted the statement issued by the party’s PRO, saying that he will be appearing before the screening committee this afternoon.

Abu Bakr said: “There seem to be some internal issues regarding the communication on this, but I will be appearing before the screening committee shortly, so, in a little bit, that will be cleared up.”

He confirmed reports that he would be contesting the Port-of Spain South seat.

Below is the full statement from the People’s National Movement (PNM):

The People’s National Movement has received no nomination for Mr. Fuad Abu Bakr and advises that he is not scheduled to be screened by the PNM’s Screening Committee.  

The People’s National Movement is a party built upon a solid structure, discipline and adherence to prescribed process.

The process for a person to become a nominee involves a call for nominations from the Party for nominees for the General Election (in this instance), with a deadline for the close of submission of nominations.

Interested Party Members must receive a nomination from a bona fide Party Group or from the Youth League within the respective Constituency.

The Constituency Executive will then forward the names of all persons who received nominations to the Party’s Secretariat.  Only persons who receive nominations will then be scheduled to appear before the Screening Committee.

Please be so guided.

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