Local Government

PDRC Chairman: “Give us money to fix bad roads…”

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 being sworn-in today

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.

Administrative glitch delays Chaguanas Borough Corporation swearing-in

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.

Candidates file nomination papers for California/Point Lisas

The race is on for the mar­gin­al seat of Cal­i­for­nia/Point Lisas on The Cou­va/Tabaquite/Tal­paro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion (CT­TRC) .

In 2016 the PNM’s Alif Mo­hammed lost the seat by 81 votes to the UNC’s Ram­c­hand Ra­jbal Maraj.

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.

COP Leader concerned about Local Government Reform Law and Elections

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: Expect more voters for LGE 2019

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.

Political parties says they're ready for LGE 2019

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.

MSJ to contest local, general 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.

218 reports of damage to private homes

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.

Vendors being allowed back on Charlotte Street but Ministry warns of 'crackdown' soon to ensure order

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.

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