TTPS: Avoid elections-related offences

As the day for local government elections gets closer, the police service is reminding citizens to respect each other’s constitutional right to campaign for—and support the political party of—their choice.

The TTPS’ Sergeant Ashraf Ali is encouraging citizens to get familiar with the Representation of the People Act, which documents the various offences that should not be committed during election time.

Ramdial: PNM failing on crime and services

The prime minister is being advised to stop obsessing over Cambridge Analytica, and instead focus on dealing with the crime scourge in this country.

The advice comes from Couva North MP, Ramona Ramdial.

At a news conference on Wednesday at her constituency offices at Chase Village in Chaguanas, the Couva North MP said she has been bombarded with complaints from constituents about crime and a lack of basic services.

She says the national security minister—and the government overall—have failed citizens on the crime issue.

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:

Lee Sing: PPM will bring real change to local government

Leader of the Port Of Spain People’s Movement (PPM), Louis Lee Sing, has condemned what he says is dirty politics being played by the People’s National Movement (PNM).

The former Port of Spain mayor is taking issue with what he says is commentary coming from the PNM’s various spokespersons on several talk shows.

Mr Lee Sing told us those persons are suggesting that he has less than desirable party financiers.

UNC slams Government on Yara closure

Na­pari­ma of Par­lia­ment Rod­ney Charles is call­ing on PM Row­ley to stop "man­u­fac­tur­ing dis­trac­tions" and pro­vide plans to ad­dress grow­ing un­cer­tain­ties in the petro­chem­i­cal in­dus­try in light of Wednes­day's an­nounce­ment by Yara Trinidad Ltd to close one of its am­mo­nia pro­duc­tion plants at Point Lisas.

PNM Tobago Council calls on Duke to apologise

The To­ba­go Coun­cil of the Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment(PNM) is call­ing on the leader of the Pro­gres­sive De­mo­c­ra­t­ic Pa­tri­ots (PDP) Wat­son Duke to apol­o­gise for the racial re­marks he made last Mon­day.

Maraj: “Allegations against UNC very serious…”

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.

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.

Mitchell: UNC wasted millions with nothing to show

San Fer­nan­do East MP Ran­dall Mitchell says that while the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) is promis­ing a host of things in their Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tion cam­paign, cit­i­zens should con­sid­er how they wast­ed mil­lions of dol­lars with lit­tle to show for it.

“Don’t be fooled by the UNC pro­pa­gan­da, talk­ing about they’re work­ing and putting on a yel­low hard hat for pic­tures. We know them by their past deeds, it is the same old UNC from 2010 – 2015. Noth­ing has changed,” Mitchell said.

Duke violated Code of Conduct governing politicians

Coun­cil for Re­spon­si­ble Po­lit­i­cal Be­hav­iour chair­man Dr Bish­nu Ra­goonath says Pub­lic Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke crossed the line and has vi­o­lat­ed the Code of Con­duct gov­ern­ing politi­cians.