By Cheva Alexander

Leader of The Platform of Truth Mr. Hochoy Charles is back in the political race. The TPT will be contesting the THA elections come January 21 with a full slate of candidates.

The political party is also a combined effort with the group Unite for Change and other members of the religious fraternity. Charles explained that it was almost by "divine intervention that the full slate of candidates were formed". He further indicated that "TPT is the only relevant party in the upcoming THA elections."

Unite for Change is a group of persons and pastors praying in an effort to call upon all of Tobago to unite to make a change to give Tobago a change. He told a gathering of churches in November "this island of Tobago is facing its darkest hour and we want Godly men and women to take care of its affairs. If men and women are good the institution or government that they run cannot be bad and conversely, if men and women are bad or evil the institution that thee govern cannot be good. Therefore if the churches give us 12 godly men and women for the upcoming elections where ever they are placed will be good because we will not have corruption, we will not have discrimination nor victimisation".

He later realised that Unite for Change and the TPT wanted the same thing; Godly men and women to unite together for change as leaders who would see their role as a calling rather than an opportunity to amass wealth and to oppress people. He stated that "Politicians continue to lie and set a bad example for the children, how could you say something to day and then say today that's not what you said yesterday? The country cannot be run on this lack of integrity," Charles said.

Charles indicated that the reasons for voting the TPT were quite simple

• The Tobago election is about Tobago being able to manage its day to day affairs without direct intervention from Trinidad who are interested in extraction the oil and gas from Tobago waters

• Both Trinidad based parties brought the 'ongoing fight' to Tobago

He is confident to beat both the TOP and the PNM because of the relevant nature of the TPT representing Tobago's interest. He stated that "Tobagonians should vote TPT to remove themselves from being enslaved, controlled and colonised," Charles said.

If elected into government the TPT intends to:

• make its first order of Business to meet with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to discuss Tobago's self governance of power. He admonished that "if the Government fails to settle on this matter the TPT will take the matter directly to the United Nations," Charles affirmed.

• Reorganise the democratic system of government to include a Legislature, a Judiciary and an Executive; the three houses MUST be separate

• Revamp and implement the 15 year development plan for Tobago that is already available

Responding on the Prime Ministers decision to lay the Constitutional Amendment Bill on January 7th with a debate on January 16, a few days before the THA elections the leader of the TPT described the PM's actions as "disrespectful and obscene". He stated that what the Prime Minister was doing was, "in the midst of an election she is putting he lives of our children in jeopardy." He went on to say that " Manning tried it before in 1992 and it was my intervention that caused the drama," Charles noted.

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RJ said on Thursday, Jan 17 at 7:37 PM

Lets all vote TOP if we want to move Tobago forward.

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trish said on Thursday, Jan 17 at 5:55 PM

We need to have information about The Platform for Truth, who will be representing, what the logo look like, what are thrie plans. Out of sight out of mind.

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the virginian said on Sunday, Jan 13 at 8:39 PM

Hochoy Charles has convinced me,by his antics and ignominious proclamations,that he's,indeed,a"heavy roller," but literally.

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RJ said on Sunday, Jan 13 at 3:42 PM

MR Charles you should join with TOP for both of you to form the THA.

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Charles' Manifesto missing said on Sunday, Jan 13 at 3:21 PM

Mr Charles , There are people who want to vote for you. However, we need to know what you all plan to do if you get in office. There is not enough information about your intentions in order for you all to be given a chance. For example: I know you did not give scholarships to certain types of people. Has your outlook on such changed? Will all people be treated the same ?

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flowers said on Sunday, Jan 13 at 12:17 AM

What kinda boss is Charles? He has to much aggression and we are in the 21st century! Where or who is he leading with that kinda mindset! You must be joking. Tell Charles sit down and look. Who know maybe he will learn something!

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Mr. Tobago said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 10:29 PM

Dan D Man your tense is wrong. Not is a boss but was a Boss. He is a has been.

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manontheground said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 10:13 PM

Mr.Charles the new era have arrived and yet, you are lost in the past.I am amazed that you as an old politican in the game have not avail yourself of the Computer,and its new devices.I was taken aback by your answer to the first question.It says to me that you are not reading and keeping abreast about what is taking place concerning the BIll that is about to be laid in Parliament.The Days of walking about with folders and note pad is over this is the Ipod age, and you sir is not on board you are out of touch.So stay out,you and your lazzy gang of helpers of the PNM.

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charles is a decoy said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 4:20 PM

Well done PNM, Charles is a much more effective version on the party formed by ABU BAKR to draw votes. Charles will draw votes From the TOP and PNM . For 4 more years.Caddet and beckeles have checked past.

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Tobago Mother said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 2:16 PM

Well, I have to vote for who I could watch for a prolonged period without turning off the TV. I also have to vote for who says what he means regardless of who likes it or not. Hochoy is the man yes.

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Pnm baby said on Friday, Jan 11 at 8:38 PM

He needs to change his attitude towards the public first after that then u can represent Tobago but a great man for parliament.

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Dan D Man said on Thursday, Jan 10 at 10:15 PM

Charles is a boss. If he had the money PNM had Tobago will be better today.

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