Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Mitchell out as Brian Manning gets the nod to contest Sando East seat

Pictured: Brian Manning (left) with former US President Barack Obama. Photo via Instagram, Brian Manning.

Pictured: Brian Manning (left) with former US President Barack Obama. Photo via Instagram, Brian Manning.

Brian Manning, the son of late Prime Minister Patrick Manning, will contest the San Fernando East seat which his father held for 44 years.

He was given the nod to contest the seat in the upcoming general election after appearing before the PNM Screening Committee led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Saturday.

According to a Sunday Guardian article, a letter was sent to the Prime Minister by supporters of incumbent Randall Mitchell who mounted a challenge complaining of discrepancies in the voting process. It was unclear what the next step would be – whether there would be a fresh election process or both nominees would be screened.

However, confirmation on Manning being given the thumbs up by the screening committee came from Chairman of the San Fernando East Constituency Patricia Alexis in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

“The PNM San Fernando East Constituency Executive wishes to congratulate Mr. Brian Manning on being selected by the Screening Committee to be the Prospective Candidate for San Fernando East for the upcoming General Election.

We do look forward to working with you as you chart your way forward.”

Manning’s accolades include: a BA in Economics and a BSC in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds an MSC in Finance and Asset Management, also from the University of Maryland and an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Miami.

Alexis extended thanks to outgoing MP Mitchell for his service to San Fernando East over the past five years.

“We wish you all the best in your future endeavours," she wrote.

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