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PanTrinbago interim body seeks early election

Published: 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Gerard Mendez, a member of the interim caretaker committee set up to take PanTrinbago forward, says the first item on the agenda is to bring the election date to elect a new executive forward.

On Tuesday, PanTrinbago members voted to remove the current executive and establish the caretaker committee to oversee matters until elections, due between September and October.

In an interview yesterday, Mendez said Tuesday’s meeting was requisitioned through a petition signed by the membership.

“It was overwhelmingly approved that the central membership remit office with immediate effect. The membership is interested in bringing the election forwarded to a date in June. That will give the new executive time to prepare themselves for Panorama 2019,” he said.

Mendez said according to the constitution, the members have to convene a special general meeting to consider this.

“The caretaker body is pursing an avenue to have the election date brought forward and that is on the immediate agenda. Therefore in that meeting, we want to ask the membership to approve a new election date for the purpose of having to make a change for an election date, because it is mentioned through the constitution. That can only happen through a special general meeting,” he said.

Mendez said another issue is the non-payment to the pan players for Panorama 2018. The interim body will look at this at a meeting next week, but he said he did not have the figure owed.

He also noted that there appears to be a rift within the now ousted executive over the bands' wishes for the body.

"On Tuesday the membership of PanTrinbago spoke in an assertive way to dismiss the central executive under Keith Diaz and he told us that he was prepared to go. However, we note that the balance of the central executive led by Mr (Richard) Forteau, the secretary, continues to frustrate and disobey the wishes of the highest authoritative body, which is the membership," he said.

Mendez said the same membership who voted in Forteau and the central executive into office said they should now leave.

Asked if Tuesday's meeting was constitutional, Mendez said: "By our verification, the meeting was constitutional and represents the popular voice of the membership."

But former vice-president and one of writers of the constitution, Brian Serrette, yesterday urged members to read the constitution to see if the meeting was held by the book. He said with any organisation, meetings are guided by rules and regulations.

Serrette said because the majority of members say certain things it didn’t make them right.

"If an election is not held properly, according to the rules and regulations of the association, then it is not a proper election. Look at what you have done and look at the terms and conditions on how you should be doing it," Serrette said.

"I not judging anyone, let them be honest. I resigned from the executive two years and I called on the executive to resign. I have not changed."

When contacted yesterday, Diaz said he was at an “NCC meeting and could not talk.”

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