UMMAH T&T Muslim Federation has instructed its attorney to initiate moves to file a constitutional motion against the legislation to take out of circulation the existing $100 dollar bills within a restricted period of time.
This was revealed by Imam Rasheed Karim, chairman of the largest local group of independent Islamic organizations who criticized the move.
According to the Imam, the switch to the polymer bills infringes on the rights of the 180,000 strong Muslim community.
Whitney Stevenson-Hamlet—the 32-year-old councillor-elect for the Enterprise-South seat in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation—says she won’t subscribe to a narrative that suggests the country has returned to racial voting.
The newly elected councillor, who is of African heritage, went up for the local government seat on a UNC ticket, and ousted the long serving Ronald Heerah, who is of East Indian heritage, and served the seat for 20 years as a PNM representative.
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.
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.
The Opposition Leader says she and her party will not support Government's Bail Amendment Bill this Wednesday in its current form.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar argues that the current Bill allows for persons to be framed by police, or unfairly denied bail just by being at the wrong place and the wrong time.
In paying respects to former Vision on Mission head, Wayne Chance, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said he believed that people need a second chance. She said while the UNC is committed to fighting crime it does not intend to lock people away and throw away the key.
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.
Opposition Leader, Kamla Persa-Bissessar, is urging citizens in the nation to “refocus our energies, efforts and resources towards fulfilling the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a UN Convention to which this country is signatory.
In her message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the former prime minister and UNC political leader says the promotion and celebration of children’s rights will only redound towards building a better world for T&T’s children.