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.
Outgoing chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, Terry Rondon, is disappointed that the People’s National Movement (PNM) was unable to hold on to the corporation.
The local government stalwart believes the party must go back to the drawing board and re-focus on serving the people.
He says what happened yesterday was less a rejection of the PNM itself, and more a statement that the way local government candidates are selected must change.
Political Leader of the United National Congress, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is promising to ensure that local government reform becomes a reality, once the UNC wins the next general election.
The UNC political leader made the declaration last night, during victory celebrations following the results of the 2019 Local Government Elections.
During yesterday’s local government election, the UNC managed to win the Sangre Grande seat, thus realising a 7-7 tie with the People’s National Movement (PNM), in terms of the number of regional corporations each party controls.
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…
Former UNC councillor, Khublal Paltoo, says the reason he crossed the floor to join the PNM back in October, is because forces within the UNC were working against him.
During an interview with Guardian Media earlier today, Paltoo said he was accused by the UNC of not serving his burgesses, which include St Augustine South, Piarco and St Helena.
The controversial councillor pointed to one instance where the party claimed that he did not represent the people. It was following last year's flooding.
President of the Maxi-Taxi School Transport Concessionaires, Rodney Ramlogan, says their protest action has nothing to do with politics.
Rodney Ramlogan says they protested when they weren't getting a fair deal from the People's Partnership, and their recent protest has nothing to do with the fact that the PNM is now in office.
He states the drivers have been providing a service for 28 years, and want to continue to do so, but they must be paid on time, for the work they are doing.
Former Minister of the People and Cumuto/Manzanilla MP, Christine Newallo Hosein, is questioning why certain social grants were cut right before the Local government election.
"Is this psychological warfare?" Newallo Hosein asked the crowd along the Eastern Main Road in Sangre Grande.
Newallo Hosein says people have been coming to her in droves complaining that food cards have been cut, as well as disability grants.
As the day for local government elections gets closer, the police service is reminding citizens to respect each other’s constitutional right to campaign for—and support the political party of—their choice.
The TTPS’ Sergeant Ashraf Ali is encouraging citizens to get familiar with the Representation of the People Act, which documents the various offences that should not be committed during election time.
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.