The race is on for the marginal seat of California/Point Lisas on The Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) .
This morning,, Maharaj and PNM candidate Dinah Valene Thurtonfiled nomination papers at the office of the Returning Officer at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Thurton was accompanied by supporters and Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus.
One of the major talking points coming out of the $53 billion 2020 budget delivered by Finance Minister Colm Imbert last week Monday (Oct 7th) was the increase in salaries for CEPEP (Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme) and URP Unemployment Relief Programme) workers of 15 per cent.
The move was hailed by some as a good one but criticized by others as being a local government election ploy.
The Public Service Association (PSA)’s leadership election has been postponed for the second time in less than three months.
The postponement of the election, which was carded for February 19, came yesterday as High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo ruled that there were irregularities in the voter’s list compiled by the association’s elections committee in October, last year.
Kangaloo ruled that the committee would be unable to rectify the errors on the list and publish it before the proposed election date.
Chaguanas West Member of Parliament, Ganga Singh is challenging the decision by the executive of the United National Congress to fix November 26th, 2017 as the date for the election for the party's political leader, saying it is ultra vires and/or in breach of the UNC Constitution.
He says it is therefore null and void.