Chairman of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation and councillor for Biche/Charuma, Glen Ram, has withdrawn his candidacy for the upcoming December 2 Local Government Election.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."
However, Glen Ram gave assurances that the United National Congress (UNC) would maintain leadership of the corporation in the upcoming election; regardless of who succeeds him as the candidate for Biche/Charuma.
Ram has been the representative for the district for the past 20 years. In May he was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB) on corruption charges, in relation to receiving a bribe in June 2018.
Following his arrest, Ram refused to step down as chairman of the regional corporation, because he was confident he would be vindicated.
Story by RISHARD KHAN