Former Attorney General, Garvin Nicholas, is predicting that the 2020 General Election season will be one of the nastiest this country has seen.
The former AG observes that globally, there seems to be a change in the tenor of the conduct of politics, and here in T&T, we are mirroring that trend.
He says we got an inkling of what’s to come in the recent Local Government Elections.
And he believes the recent Cabinet reshuffle clearly demonstrates that ‘old school’ politics will continue to dominate the local landscape.
Political Leader of the United National Congress, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is promising to ensure that local government reform becomes a reality, once the UNC wins the next general election.
The UNC political leader made the declaration last night, during victory celebrations following the results of the 2019 Local Government Elections.
During yesterday’s local government election, the UNC managed to win the Sangre Grande seat, thus realising a 7-7 tie with the People’s National Movement (PNM), in terms of the number of regional corporations each party controls.
Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says it is critical that the United National Congress clear the air—very quickly—on allegations of its seeming relationship with Cambridge Analytica and the possibly illegal use of citizens’ private information for political purposes.
He believes the probe, which the national security minister signalled yesterday that government intends to launch, will answer several crucial questions.
The United National Congress will be exploring its legal options, as part of its response to government’s proposed criminal probe into the party’s alleged connection with Cambridge Analytica.
Confirmation has come from UNC Public Relations Officer, Senator Anita Haynes, who states unequivocally, there is no connection between the party and the political consulting firm.
According to Senator Haynes, once again, the PNM is spreading misinformation, just like they did back in 2015 with Emailgate.
Political analyst, Professor John La Guerre, is predicting that the upcoming 2020 General Election will be very, very close, and predominantly, a two-party race.
He also warns that there may be a lot of mud-slinging, as both major parties try to poach voters from each other, to gain ascendancy.
According to Professor La Guerre, times have changed dramatically, as has the electorate, and it won’t be easy for any one political party to get an overwhelming majority.
He told us if the election were called today, it would be a dead heat between the PNM and the UNC.