PNM’s candidate for San Fernando East Brian Manning greets supporters during a walkabout at Corinth Hills, San Fernando on August 2. Photo: Sue-Ann Wayow
By Sue-Ann Wayow
NEWLY elected Member of Parliament for San Fernando East Brian Manning is dismissing social media claims that he is ineligible to elected.
A social media post with a photo of Manning has been circulating shortly after the general election on Monday. It stated, “Brian Manning. Citizen of America contesting seat in Trinidad (dual citizenship). American wife lives in America. Seat needs to be denounced ASAP.”
Manning is the son of former prime minister and longstanding MP for the same constituency and former political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Patrick Manning.
When asked by AZPNews.com if any of those statement were true, Manning responded in a WhatsApp message “Both are untrue.”
He also resent the photo stamped “UNC Fake News.”
Manning is taking up the mantle of MP from Randall Mitchell who also won the seat for the PNM in 2015.
According to the Representation of the People Act, an elected MP must only be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and must not have allegiances elsewhere.