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Beckles triumphs in PNM internal elections

Pennelope Beckles is congratulated by People’s National Movement public relations officer Faris Al-Rawi after she won the lady vice-chairman position at the party’s National Convention yesterday.

PORT OF SPAIN — In an aggressive campaign, which at times threatened to become unpleasant, Senator Pennelope Beckles triumphed over Laventille East/Morvant MP, Donna Cox, for the post of Lady Vice-Chairman of the People’s National Movement.

Beckles, who two years ago, had lost the chairman to Franklin Khan, was in the winner’s row on this occasion with a comfortable margin of victory – 356 votes against Cox’s 239.

Speaking to the Express after the results were announced, Beckles said she was happy about her victory.

“I think it is important to the party because the democratic process is alive and well,” she said. “People participated. It will certainly motivate and encourage me to continue, especially after I lost the chairmanship (in 2010) by three votes, to win by this margin. It is a very humbling experience. And I want to say thanks to all those who came out and supported me.”

Asked about the campaign, Beckles said this was not the first election the party held.


“Somebody loses and somebody wins, once you are committed. I have lost (party elections) before and I have not been accepted as a candidate (by the leadership in a general election), but that has never stopped me from proceeding to work with the party and its leadership because at the end of the day, you understand that you cannot always win”.

Beckles stressed that all members, whether they win or lose, had to focus on the objective, and on being part of the party, the process and the vision. She said she was looking forward to been part of the leadership which would take the party forward.

“We have a THA (Tobago House of Assembly) election, a local government election next year and a general election to follow. And there are so many issues before the country in which the Opposition has to be focused and to keep educating the people. So we have a lot of work to do,” she said.

Asked whether Cox had congratulated her, she said: “Not as yet. But I am sure I would be (congratulated by her)”. (Express)

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