Vasant Bharath says he is not surprised that the date for the election for the post of the political leader has been brought forward.
Bharath who is expected to present the main challenge to Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the party's leadership says he anticipated that she would have sought to have it held on the same day with the election of a new national executive.
Bharath has not yet made public his decision about entering the leadership race.
However, he says it was his belief that Persad-Bissessar would not have wanted a national executive election to take place without her.
Meanwhile, the UNC has called for a national congress for next Tuesday to discuss issues surrounding the party's internal election.