Tobago House of Assembly
since 28 January 2021
Ancil Dennis, PNM
since 6 May 2020
|25 January 2021|
|2025 or earlier|
|Assembly Legislative Chambers, Jermingham Street, Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago|
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) is a unicameral autonomous legislative body responsible for the island of Tobago within the unitary state of Trinidad and Tobago. The THA was re-established in 1980 to rectify some of the disparities in the relationship between the two islands, though a prior body using the same name existed from 1768 to 1874. In addition to the normal local government functions the THA handles many of the responsibilities of the central government, but has limited ability to collect taxes and impose local law or zoning regulations. At the helm of the Assembly Legislature is the Presiding Officer with the twelve elected assemblymen, and four appointed councillors. Three of the councillors are appointed on the advice on the Chief Secretary and one on the advice of the Minority Leader. The Chief Secretary is the leader of the majority party in the assembly and is at the helm of the Executive arm of the THA.
The current Chief Secretary of Tobago is Ancil Dennis of the People's National Movement, the youngest Chief Secretary in history, in office since May 6, 2020.
As of 20 April 2021, there are only four female assembly members, or 33.3%.
The first THA elections were held on November 24, 1980. The Democratic Action Congress led by A.N.R. Robinson won eight seats and the People's National Movement (PNM) won four seats (a reversal of the 1977 County Council elections in which the PNM won seven seats and the DAC 4). The DAC went on to win the 1984 elections by a margin of 11-1 over the PNM. The National Alliance for Reconstruction (into which the DAC merged in 1986) continued to dominate the THA winning the 1988 elections, and the 1992 elections by an 11-1 margin over the PNM. It won the 1996 elections by a margin of 10-2, with the PNM and an independent candidate winning one seat each.
In the 2001 elections the PNM gained control of the THA, winning 8 seats to the NAR's four. The PNM consolidated their hold on the THA in the January 2005 elections winning 11 seats while the DAC (which reformed after splintering from the NAR in 2004) gained a single seat.
In the 2013 elections, the TOP was defeated in a landslide by the PNM, losing the 4 seats it held previously, giving the PNM complete control of the THA. However, Chief Seceretary Orville London asked Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to introduce a bill in the country's parliament that would change the country's constitution to allow the President of the Republic to choose two independent councillors at his/her discretion to serve as opposition in the THA in the event of a 12-0 election result.
|Joel Jack||PNM||Bacolet/Mount. St. George|
|Watson Duke||PDP||Belle Garden East/Roxborough/Delaford|
|Terance Baynes||PDP||Bethel/Mt. Irvine|
|Kelvon Morris||PNM||Black Rock/Whim/Spring Garden|
|Ancil Dennis||PNM||Buccoo/Mount Pleasant|
|Clarence Jacob||PNM||Canaan/Bon Accord|
|Faith B.Yisrael||PDP||Goodwood/Belle Garden West|
|Tracy Davidson-Celestine||PNM||Lambeau/Signal Hill|
|Farley Chavez Augustine||PDP||Parlatuvier/ L'Anse Fourmi/Speyside|
|Zorisha Hackett||PDP||Plymouth/Golden Lane|
|Ian Pollard||PDP||Providence/ Mason Hall/Moriah|
|Marslyn Melville-Jack||PNM||Scarborough/ Calder Hall|
|11th||25 January 2021||6||6||12|
|10th||23 January 2017||10||2||12|
|9th||21 January 2013||12||0||12|
|8th||19 January 2009||8||4||12|
|7th||17 January 2005||11||1||12|
|6th||29 January 2001||8||4||12|
|5th||19 December 1996||1||10||1||12|
|4th||7 December 1992||1||11||12|
|3rd||29 November 1988||1||11||12|
|2nd||26 November 1984||1||11||12|
|1st||24 November 1980||4||8||12|