The ballot boxes for the PNM Tobago Council internal elections currently are under police guard at the Council’s headquarters.
And the ballots will be kept under the watchful eye of the police, to ensure no tampering takes place, until counting resumes this afternoon.
Counting of ballots came to a halt in the early hours of Monday, much to the dismay of many members of the PNM. Several expressed concern that the election might have been rigged, and questioned the reasons behind the delay.
Counting of ballots in the Tobago Council of the People's National Movement's (PNM) internal elections continues at 2 pm today.
Confirmation has come from Chairman of the Election Supervisory Committee, Alvin Pascal.
Pascal told Guardian Media a decision was taken in the wee hours of Monday morning to stop counting the ballots. The counting began after 6 pm yesterday, when the polling stations closed.
"The boxes with the ballots are sealed and guarded by two police officers at the Council's office," he told Guardian Media.
Disgruntled PNMites became angry and suspicious when ballots boxes failed to show after midnight at the PNM's Tobago Council's offices at Bacolet Road on Sunday.
Ann John, a resident of John Dial, Tobago, was one of a handful of supporters who had gathered sometime after 6 pm on Sunday eagerly awaiting results. Shortly before 11pm, John became furious and demanded answers. John said she believe something was sinister was at hand.
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.
Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) have elected the union’s first female president.
Preliminary results show Antonia Tekah-De Freitas has replaced Lynsley Doodhai at the helm.
She emerged victorious with 3,623 votes.
Kady Beckles has been elected General Secretary.
In addition, Marlon Seales, Kyrla Robertson-Thomas and Darren Lee Him will now hold the posts of First, Second and Third Vice Presidents, respectively.
History will be created today when a woman is selected to lead the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) as the election of a new executive got underway this morning.
Vying for the post of President is Upper Carapichaima Presbyterian Primary School Principal Nirmala Chinebas-Dindial; Eastern Boys’ Government School Principal Jemima Riley; and senior teacher at Tunapuna Girls’ RC School Antonia De Freitas.
When all the votes are counted later today, history will be created today when a woman is selected to lead the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA).
The election of a new executive for the teachers’ union got underway this morning.
Vying for the post of President is Upper Carapichaima Presbyterian Primary School Principal, Nirmala Chinebas-Dindial; Eastern Boys’ Government School Principal, Jemima Riley; and senior teacher at Tunapuna Girls’ RC School, Antonia De Freitas.
Political analyst, Dr Winford James, is predicting that this year will see a higher than normal turnout for the local government elections.
According to Dr James, voter participation in the last local government election was at roughly 34 percent. He notes, though, that having two major elections so close together will impact voter participation. He says people also will be going to the polls because of how they feel about the Rowley administration, as well as any momentum which the UNC can generate for itself.
Local political parties say they are ready for Local Government Elections (LGE) 2019, which are scheduled to take place on Monday December 2nd.
On Friday, during the Opposition Leader’s response to the 2020 Budget Presentation, the Prime Minister’s Office released a brief statement confirming the date for the local government elections.