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T&T | Gov't says it won't reopen borders before August 10 elections

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, July 6, 2020 - The Trinidad and Tobago government says it has no plans to reopen the borders ahead of the August 10 general elections.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the borders will not be reopened to allow nationals outside the country the chance to return home to vote in the August 10 general elections.

Rowley made the comment moments after announcing the date in Parliament on Friday, after he was asked by reporters if the Government would consider the move with the COVID-19 virus still ravaging countries worldwide.

“Well, the borders are influenced by our health conditions and as we go towards the future the borders are closed and we would have brought in as many as we can and we continue until it is opened but it is not a condition for having an election,” Rowley said.

The borders have been closed since March as the Government imposed travel bans as a means to mitigate against the spread of the virus.

Opposition parties have been calling for Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to indicate whether the borders would remain closed.

But speaking at the weekly Ministry of Health news conference, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and National Security Minister Stuart Young said the closure of the borders had nothing to do with the pending election.

Mr. Deyalsingh told reporters that until the world gets a handle on the spread of the coronavirus, it is not prudent for Trinidad and Tobago to reopen the borders. 

The National Security Minister said the government is not trying to disenfranchise anyone overseas who wanted to return to the country to vote in the election.

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  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago