The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) conducted a meeting last Saturday at the Community Centre in Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. According to the PDM constitution, after the party holds a convention the branches must meet and elect officers.
This process went forward at Saturday’s meeting. The election resulted In Randle ‘Jay’ Robinson returning to the branch executive in the top spot as branch chairman. Robinson had served for four years as the deputy chairman with then chairman David Tapfer.
At a small meeting prior to the PDM June convention, Tapfer nominated Robinson but then national chairman Ruben Hall would not allow that nomination to go forward. This time, Robinson’s nomination came from a former Middle Caicos representative and Samuel Harvey.
Robinson, who currently resides on Provo, is a businessman who owns and runs a refuse hauling firm and a small retail outlet. Jay’s wife is Florine Handfield Robinson of Bottle Creek, North Caicos, and they have two daughters. One is in college and the youngest in high school. Robinson’s sister Melony resides on Middle Caicos and brother Wellington is in the process of returning there to re-establish residency.
Randle Robinson has been a member of the PDM for many years but years ago ran as an unsuccessful independent candidate when Derek Taylor led the party. He then returned to lend his support to the PDM after Floyd Seymour became leader.
Present at the branch meeting was former PDM candidate for TCI's largest island Wendy Been. Also present was newly elected PDM leader Oswald Skippings and former PDM deputy leader Clarence Selver.
Ashwood Hall has retained the deputy chairman position attained in the pre-election branch meeting. Cardinal Aurthur remains treasurer.
Skippings spoke at the meeting of his intentions of bringing development and investments to Middle Caicos, which has been losing population.
Former PNP elected representative Jeffrey Hall, who represented Middle Caicos for three terms, failed in bringing development to his home island. Hall, who resides on Provo, has built apartments there. Hall is one of the 12 people currently before the court on allegations of corruption arising from the 2008/2009 Commission of Inquiry,