PORT OF SPAIN –– Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee did not tender in his resignation at the emergency City Corporation council meeting today.
On Saturday Tim Kee announced his intention to resign a day after scores of concerned citizens and human rights activists staged a protest at Woodford Square in Port of Spain, calling for him to step down over comments he made on the discovery of Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya’s body at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Wednesday.
However, at the council meeting which began at 10:30 a.m. today, Tim Kee did not resign.
He was expected to read his resignation into the record, but the media were told that this did not happen.
Now the council is at a deliberation stage where members of the council are deliberating the future of Tim Kee’s tenure. This also gives the mayor time to deliberate whether or not he is going to resign.
Yesterday an online petition was started on Go Petition to encourage Tim Kee not to resign. However that petition only gained 281 signatures. A petition on Change.org started by Roger Rajan called: “Support for Mayor Raymond Tim Kee . . . His words were merely advice of caution and concern” got more than 700 signatures.
The petition for Tim Kee to resign which was started by social activist group Womantra got more than 10,000 signatures to date.
A call was made out on Facebook yesterday to hold a vigil in support of Tim Kee, and scores of people also showed up outside Woodford Square today.