Beckles back in TT, says it’s not to do with politics - EntornoInteligente /

This coun­try’s Am­bas­sador to the Unit­ed Na­tions Pen­ny Beck­les is in Trinidad and To­ba­go, but she said it’s on­ly for Car­ni­val.

Beck­les ar­rived in TT over the last week­end. She was spot­ted at Panora­ma in com­pa­ny with oth­er PN­Mites in­clud­ing House Speak­er Bridgid An­nisette-George, Pub­lic Util­i­ties Min­is­ter Robert Le Hunte and oth­ers.

Beck­les’ pres­ence amid the elec­tion-prepa­ra­tion land­scape, has sparked spec­u­la­tion about a po­lit­i­cal fu­ture and whether or not her name may show up among can­di­date nom­i­na­tions for Ari­ma when the process gets un­der­way.

The Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) an­nounced three weeks ago it’s launch­ing nom­i­na­tions, but let­ters to con­stituen­cy units to ig­nite the op­er­a­tion haven’t been is­sued yet. Let­ters are be­ing pre­pared, PNM ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cials said. The par­ty re­cent­ly pro­ject­ed start­ing screen­ing af­ter Car­ni­val.

Spec­u­la­tion about Beck­les and gen­er­al elec­tions has been sim­mer­ing in the par­ty since last year when she as­sist­ed with the PNM’s cam­paign­ing in the Blan­chisseuse- San­ta Rosa area for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tions. The can­di­date- Roger Moore- who she’d been asked to as­sist, won his seat.

But when asked yes­ter­day about fu­ture po­lit­i­cal work, whether she’d been ap­proached to con­test (and if she would), Beck­les said, “I’m re­al­ly here to en­joy the pre- Car­ni­val sea­son, you know.”

PNM Ari­ma of­fi­cials told the Trinidad Guardian in Jan­u­ary that in­cum­bent MP An­tho­ny Gar­cia had told the ex­ec­u­tive at their Jan­u­ary meet­ing, he was open to con­test­ing again.

Beck­les was ap­point­ed this coun­try’s UN rep­re­sen­ta­tive af­ter PNM won gen­er­al elec­tions in 2015. She’s been based in the US since then.

Mean­while, PNM gen­er­al sec­re­tary Fos­ter Cum­mings said yes­ter­day the three PNM can­di­dates for cer­tain ar­eas which will be re­screened again, along with screen­ing in oth­er con­stituen­cies. He added they could even emerge as can­di­dates again.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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