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T&T | TT goes to the polls August 10. Kamla happy, says UNC Ready

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley
PORT-OF-SPAIN, TT, July 3, 2020 - Prime Minister Keith Rowley has announced that  the people of Trinidad and Tobago will go to the polls on August 10, 2020 to elect a new government.

After announcing that he had advised the President to dissolve Parliament as of midnight Friday, Dr Rowley said nomination day would be July 17.

This gives political parties 38 days for campaigning.

On Thursday, the PNM finalised its slate of candidates for all 41 constituencies.

The UNC is contesting 39 of the seats and has selected 17 candidates so far.

Opposition  Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the UNC is ready for the August 10 general election and will present its full-slate of candidates on Sunday.

She was  speaking with reporters outside the Red House, Port of Spain on Friday minutes after the Prime Minister named the election date.

kamla persad Bissessar 40 0“I’m very happy a date has been named. I think the country is just waiting to exhale. We’ve had five years of brutality, five years of neglect, five years of suffering and especially within the last year I think it has become really, really bad. Let the people decide,” Persad-Bissessar said.

 “Our troops have been on the ground for quite a while now. In fact last night we had a meeting.

“I plan to name all my candidates this weekend, on Sunday. I still have a few meetings to do tomorrow (Saturday) with respect to those who will be fighting and those who will not be fighting seats. So I’m very happy and we look forward to elections.”

 “My concern is the EBC (Elections and Boundaries Commission) what will be their new normal, what are the restrictions, what are the guidelines for actual election day, not just campaigning.”

Persad-Bissessar said the stranding of nationals outside TT was a reason to vote against the Government. “There are many thousands of people out there who will be disenfranchised if they aren’t allowed to enter TT.”

She hoped the borders would be opened in July.

“The second concern I have is with respect to election observers. It is vital given that right next door we saw what happened in Guyana.” She called on the Government to invite elections observers to TT, to give a semblance of fair elections.

Asked about proxy voting to facilitate citizens abroad if the borders are not opened by polling day, she said to do this the law would have to be changed, but a closed Parliament cannot now do this. “So there’ll be no opportunity to change the law to allow proxy voting, foreign voting or overseas voting.” This makes it more vital for the Government to re-open the borders ahead of the polls, she said.

“That’s what I think they’ll do. Any sensible government that’s what they will do, not only because of the election but because what’s happening around the world.”

She said Barbados is opening mid-month.

“That will be another reason why he will lose the election, if he keeps the borders closed.”

Told no campaign finance reform will occur before polling day, she quipped, this election will also come with no local government reform nor Tobago self-governance reform.

“They were all promises that have not been kept. They are all reasons to vote against this Government.”

Last modified onFriday, 03 July 2020 22:49
  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago