The Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission is sticking to its position that an alternative for any of the political leaders invited for the 2013 Local government Elections Debate is not an option, and rejects anything else being offered.
In a statement, the T.T.D.C. explained that its agreement with the leaders of the various political organizations invited, and with the public, mandated that only leaders participated at the debate.
Thus far, David Abdullah of the Movement for Social Justice had confirmed his attendance.
Dr. Keith Rowley, Leader of the People’s National Movement had also indicated that he would have participated if Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar agreed to debate.
Jack Warner of the Independent Liberal Party had confirmed his participation, but with the condition that the Prime Minister must also be apart of the debate as leader of the coalition.
Speaking on Monday afternoon with News Power Now, CEO Of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce, Katherine Kumar, admitted that while there was no written commitment from the Prime Minister to participate in the debate, it was the expectation of the Debates Commission that she would have as leader of the government.