The United National Congress (UNC) has lost its novel challenge over the dismissal of its election petitions for five marginal seats in the 2015 General Elections.
Delivering a 43-page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, Appellate Judges Justice Gregory Smith, Justice Mark Mohammed, and Justice Peter Rajkumar dismissed the appeal, in which the Opposition party was seeking to overturn the decision of another three-member appeal panel. That panel had upheld the decision of High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer to dismiss the petitions in October 2016.
One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.
Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.
He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.
The opposition United National Congress (UNC) is hoping to win the hearts and minds of the electorate in 2020, with a plan it says will generate as many as 50,000 jobs.
In her New Year’s Address to the Nation, UNC Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, points to her party's National Economic Transformation Masterplan, which proposes 12 Key Strategic Prosperity Engines.
Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine was elected as the chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation for a second term, earlier this morning.
The swearing-in ceremony also saw former education minister, Clifton DeCoteau, taking the oath as an alderman, and being elected as the Corporation’s Vice-Chairman.
UMMAH T&T Muslim Federation has instructed its attorney to initiate moves to file a constitutional motion against the legislation to take out of circulation the existing $100 dollar bills within a restricted period of time.
This was revealed by Imam Rasheed Karim, chairman of the largest local group of independent Islamic organizations who criticized the move.
According to the Imam, the switch to the polymer bills infringes on the rights of the 180,000 strong Muslim community.
Whitney Stevenson-Hamlet—the 32-year-old councillor-elect for the Enterprise-South seat in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation—says she won’t subscribe to a narrative that suggests the country has returned to racial voting.
The newly elected councillor, who is of African heritage, went up for the local government seat on a UNC ticket, and ousted the long serving Ronald Heerah, who is of East Indian heritage, and served the seat for 20 years as a PNM representative.
As the country now gears up for campaigning ahead of the 2020 general election, political analysts agree that both major parties—PNM and UNC—will have their work cut out for them, trying to convince the undecideds and independent voters.
According to Dr Winford James, yesterday’s local government election results have cemented the reality that Trinidad and Tobago is a two party country. He says a third political force may never be able to fully impact the political landscape, notwithstanding how many people continue to call for change.
The PNM's campaign manager for the 2019 Local Government Elections, says the UNC failed to make any serious inroads into any of the PNM strongholds.
However, Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, says the party will be doing some serious analysis of all the results, to determine the way forward for its 2020 general election strategy.
According to Minister Sinanan, one of the key people on the PNM’s strategy team for the recently concluded election, the opposition party was unable to make any impact on the East-West Corridor.
As the 2019 Local Government Elections are set to run-off on Monday December 2nd, the latest NACTA Poll says it may be too close to call in the Siparia constituency.
And the NACTA pollsters say while voters are “disenchanted with the PNM’s governance”, the UNC may not be able to capitalise on that, given its current line-up.
In a release outlining the Poll’s latest results, the NACTA team says whoever is able to mobilise on the ground will be the overall winner in each constituency.
The full text of the release, follows…