Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tobago House of Assembly Dissolved: No Date Set for Election.

Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly
 Orville London
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has been dissolved today paving the way for the election due in the island. However,  Orville London  the Chief Secretary  has not given the date of the election, as the election is not constitutionally due until January 2013. 

The London led administration has been at the seat of power for the THA since 2001 after unseating the Hochoy Charles led administration. In that election the PNM won eight of the 12 seats in the THA. The party repeated its success in 2005 with 11 seats. In 2009, it lost some ground to the new Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP), winning eight seats. 

TOP have made several calls to the PNM led administration to call the THA election. Ashworth Jack the Minority leader and leader of the TOP has joined the coalition government led by UNC leader Kamla Persad-Beissessar.  The Prime Minister has openly called for the election as her government attempts to win the Tobago elections securing both the central and THA seats of power. 

The PNM and TOP are the major parties within Tobago, and have both indicated their confidence in winning ahead of the elections. 

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