Leaders debate date still up in the air

The Commission had previously indicated that the debate would take place on July 30, 2015 as requested by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar through her negotiator for the debates, attorney Larry Lalla.

However, last Friday Lalla sent a letter to the TTDC expressing his disappointment with their correspondence to him indicating that the debate could not be held on July 30 as proposed.

Lalla said it was time to look at other avenues and organisations who could host the debate this month.

In a release yesterday, the TTDC stated that it was engaged in private discussions with the People’s Partnership and the PNM on the details of the debates to which both parties have firmly committed their desire to debate. It stated that it was hoped that as a courtesy to all parties involved, the discussions would have remained private until all issues were finalised but this did not happen.

“We have now proposed to the representatives of the People’s Partnership and People’s National Movement that as a matter of urgency, we meet with both of them as the primary parties on Monday (today) or Tuesday to discuss the way forward. We are pleased that those conversations have now progressed and we are now finalising times,” stated the TTDC.

Request for non disclosure

“It is imperative that we confirm the dates, close on any outstanding issues and further understand the extent of the concerns on either side as soon as possible. This meeting will allow us to better gauge the level of flexibility that exists on both sides as well as the space for compromise that might offer an opportunity for the two debates to happen,” it added.

The release stated that once the discussions with the two parties are completed, the TTDC will extend the necessary courtesies by simultaneously communicating the outcome in writing to both.

The TTDC has requested in the spirit of equanimity and transparency that the Commission be permitted to relay the outcome of those discussions and is holding to a request made for non-disclosure until it has had the opportunity to issue a statement” stated the TTDC.


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