The Chairman of the Penal Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC), Dr Allen Sammy, is taking issue with comments made by Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, over the failure of regional corporations to fix the roads in their constituencies.
In a release issued today, the PDRC Chairman points to an interview the minister did with the Trinidad Guardian, which was published on Sunday 9 February 2020.
More Aldermen are being sworn into office in their regional corporations, today.
Aldermen were sworn in at 10 this morning in the Diego Martin, Princes Town and the Couva / Tabaquite / Talparo Regional Corporations.
Aldermen for the San Juan / Laventille Regional Corporation were sworn into office at noon.
The Sangre Grande Regional Corporation and Arima Borough Corporation also will have their ceremonies at 1 pm, today.
And at 1.30 pm, the swearing-in ceremonies for the Mayaro, Siparia and Tunapuna / Piarco Regional Corporations will take place.
For almost two hours, guests have been waiting for the swearing-in ceremony for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Aldermen of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation to begin. Among them, Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein.
This morning's proceeding was carded to begin at 9 a.m. however, up to 10:44 a.m. it had not started.
CNC3 News was told an administrative glitch prompted the delay.
The race is on for the marginal seat of California/Point Lisas on The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) .
This morning,, Maharaj and PNM candidate Dinah Valene Thurtonfiled nomination papers at the office of the Returning Officer at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Thurton was accompanied by supporters and Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus.
Political Leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Carolyn Seepersad Bachan, is keeping her cards close to her chest, with regard to the COP’s contesting of the upcoming local government elections.
Mrs Seepersad Bachan has hinted that the COP may be combining forces with other parties on the political landscape, but would not use the word coalition to describe the arrangement.
She says it is important to get the arrangements right, noting that under the People’s Partnership, the arrangement featured one dominant partner, and several small partners.
Political analyst, Dr Winford James, is predicting that this year will see a higher than normal turnout for the local government elections.
According to Dr James, voter participation in the last local government election was at roughly 34 percent. He notes, though, that having two major elections so close together will impact voter participation. He says people also will be going to the polls because of how they feel about the Rowley administration, as well as any momentum which the UNC can generate for itself.
Local political parties say they are ready for Local Government Elections (LGE) 2019, which are scheduled to take place on Monday December 2nd.
On Friday, during the Opposition Leader’s response to the 2020 Budget Presentation, the Prime Minister’s Office released a brief statement confirming the date for the local government elections.
The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) says it will contest all 114 electoral districts in the upcoming Local Government Elections and 41 constituencies in next year’s General Election as it seeks to overthrow the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Nominations for candidates will take place at the party’s headquarters from July 1 to 31 between 9 am and 4 pm. Forms are available at the headquarters and online. Candidates will be screened following nomination.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says disaster management units for the 14 municipal corporations have thus far received a total of 218 reports of both major and minor structural damage to private homes.
The ministry says assessments have been completed for 146 of these reports and that disaster management units are continuing their assessments today to ensure citizen safety.
Charlotte Street vendors have been told that they will be allowed to return to their normal locations but have been warned that the City Corporation will be cracking down on illegal vending soon.
A statement by the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says the minister made it clear that the ministry is moving towards the implementation of proper procedure and policy and that only registered vendors will be allowed to operate.
The following is a statement issued by the ministry on Monday.