Autonomy discussion returns to Tobago

Tobagonians will have another chance within the next two weeks to have their say on the island’s autonomy.

The Forum of Political Parties has planned three public events during this period. The first is a meeting on Tuesday (May 31) at the Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (DIPU) Conference Room, Shaw Park at 4.30 p.m. All political activists are invited to join the conversation.

The second meeting will be held the following day (June 1) for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) at the same venue, also from 4.30 p.m.

The Forum has also invited the general public to a convention on Sunday June 12 at the Lowlands Multi-Purpose Community Centre at 2 p.m.

The Forum of Political Parties was formed more than two years ago to take Tobago towards Tobago’s autonomy. It consists of the representatives from various political parties, including the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the Tobago Platform of Truth (TPT). The Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) left the Forum after one meeting.

Current Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has indicated that draft legislation to give Tobago full autonomy will be presented in Parliament and dealt with by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament (JSC) by the middle of this year.

The meetings in Tobago will discuss a draft Bill on Tobago’s autonomy and amendments to the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution to provide for this. The documents will then be forwarded to Cabinet.

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