PNM PRO Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing was put on hold as a nominee to be PNM prospective candidate for Lopinot/Bon Air West, along with the two other individuals (Gervon Abraham and Merlin Ramey) screened on Thursday by the screening committee headed by the Prime Minister.
Newsday got the update on Friday from PNM general secretary Foster Cummings.
He simply said, “The constituency is still looking for additional nominees.”
Newsday was unable to contact Lezama-Lee Sing.
These three nominees had come forward after the screening committee last week Tuesday sought fresh nominees after interviewing five people: constituency chairman Rudolph Boneo, constituency secretary Carver Richardson, former councillor Tova Lin Sandy, former senator Alisha Romano and former minister Alicia Hospedales.
Cummings told Newsday the screening committee will meet next week Saturday to try to choose a prospective candidate for La Brea and Toco/Sangre Grande.
Former public utilities minister Robert Le Hunte and former energy minister and incumbent MP Nicole Olivierre were screened for La Brea but the screening committee told the constituency executive to widen its search.
Newsday asked about media reports that Le Hunte has been rejected, given that the party doesn’t formally reject people but simply asks forfresh nominees.
Cummings agreed, saying, “No it doesn’t. They are still looking for additional nominees.”
Newsday was unable to contact Le Hunte on Friday.
For Toco/Sangre Grande, the screening committee had chosen former cricketer Mervyn Dillon as prospective candidate to replace incumbent MP Glenda Jennings-Smith, but this selection has been put on hold.