Local Government Election

Duke: People frustrated with local politics

Political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots, Watson Duke, says the local government election results show the level of frustration by the population.

Watson Duke says he is expecting similar results in next year's General Election.

He says young people in particular are growing fed up of local politics and are finding ways to have their voices heard.

According to the PDP leader, young people will not suffer their voice to be silenced by anyone. That is why there are so many youth-led protests happening around the world.

EBC re-issues ballot papers for Special Electors

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has been forced to re-issue ballot papers to special electors ahead of the Local Government Election (LGE) to be held on December 2.

The EBC confirmed it had become necessary, after the previous exercise on Wednesday was found not to have followed the prescribed procedure with respect to certain electoral districts.

In a release, the EBC stated:

UNC unequivocally denies Cambridge Analytica connections

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.

MRCRC Chairman withdraws candidacy for LGE

Chairman of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation and councillor for Biche/Charuma, Glen Ram, has withdrawn his candidacy for the upcoming December 2 Local Government Election.

Ram told Guardian Media earlier today that his move came in light of the ongoing court matter on corruption charges laid against him in May.

"I have informed the party's hierarchy of my decision. It all came about because of the matter I have before the courts,” he said. “I want the courts to clear my name hence the reason I would not be considering myself to run for the upcoming elections."

UNC loses three recounts so far

The Opposition UNC has so far lost recounts in three out of six electoral areas and was awaiting results for Sangre Grande northwest last night.

Elections and Boundaries Commission chief election officer, Ramesh Nanan, said following Local Government elections, recounts were sought, mainly by UNC and one by the PNM.

The UNC had sought recounts in seats in San Juan/Laventille, Tunapuna/Piarco, Mayaro/Rio Claro, Princes Town and Sangre Grande.

BREAKING: PNM claims victory in Sangre Grande

The People's National Movement (PNM) is declaring victory in the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation on the basis of popular vote and the "spirit of the law".

The party says Terry Rondon will remain as the chairman.

The announcement came at what was called an "emergency" news conference at Balisier House this morning.

Pages