Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal, is calling on the Finance Minister to clarify the wage increase for both CEPEP and URP workers.
During the Finance Minister’s 2020 Budget Presentation last Monday, Government explained that these workers' wage increase takes into account the new cap for the Minimum Wage.
However, Dr Moonilal says this explanation has raised more questions than provided answers.
The United National Congress says it is not surprised by threats of litigation coming from the People's National Movement, over the San Fernando Highway Extension Project.
During his contribution to the budget debate on Friday, Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Fitzgerald Hinds, spoke about the Project, stating that “there was a tremendous amount of litigation taking place arising out of land acquisition in those matters”.
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.
The ruling PNM government seems to be lurching from one crisis to another. This was how political analyst Prof John La Guerre responded to the recent firing of Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald and Monday’s cancellation of Garvin Simonette’s appointment as her replacement.
McDonald, a deputy political leader of the PNM, and powerhouse in both the Parliament and the political was charged with seven criminal offences yesterday along with four others including her companion.
The Peoples National Movement says it is saddened by this turn of events involving Port of Spain MP Marlene McDonald.
In a release issued a short while ago, the PNM says it is thankful for the yeoman service Ms. Mcdonald has provided, for the past 12 years.
The party says it has long stood on the side of the law, and particularly under the stewardship of Dr. Rowley.
In this regard, and mindful that the matter is now before the courts, the party wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the independence of the major stakeholders in this ongoing situation.
The multi-million dollar contracts given to seven reputed gang leaders at two PNM-controlled corporations will now be the subject of an expansive audit that will also include the 12 other regional corporations across the country.
The announcement was made by Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein in a media release issued on Wednesday in which he signalled his intention to have this matter properly investigated.
The PNM starts screening Local Government nominees from this weekend, beginning with candidates for Sangre Grande tomorrow and San Fernando on Sunday.
Already, three San Fernando councillors have been nominated unopposed.
Screening was confirmed by PNM’s Balisier House headquarters.
PNM controls both corporations. After this weekend, screening continues daily next week for other areas.
Chairman of the People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council Stanford Callender is distancing the party from the actions of a youth activist's accused of sexting a 15-year-old boy.
On Wednesday morning, Tobago woke to the news that the activist, who works with youths in the Tobago House of Assembly(THA) and appears on some of the party's political platforms, sent WhatsApp messages to the underage child, soliciting oral sex.