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.
Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says it is critical that the United National Congress clear the air—very quickly—on allegations of its seeming relationship with Cambridge Analytica and the possibly illegal use of citizens’ private information for political purposes.
He believes the probe, which the national security minister signalled yesterday that government intends to launch, will answer several crucial questions.
The United National Congress will be exploring its legal options, as part of its response to government’s proposed criminal probe into the party’s alleged connection with Cambridge Analytica.
Confirmation has come from UNC Public Relations Officer, Senator Anita Haynes, who states unequivocally, there is no connection between the party and the political consulting firm.
According to Senator Haynes, once again, the PNM is spreading misinformation, just like they did back in 2015 with Emailgate.
National Security Minister, Stuart Young, says a probe will launched into claims of data mining and spying, sanctioned and used by the United National Congress (UNC).
At a news conference today, the minister stated he is very concerned about the information brought to light in a book by former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, in which he details how the UNC sanctioned a breach of citizens’ privacy. Minister Young says he also is alarmed at how the information was used by a political party and not the state.
The People's National Movement (PNM) has responded to what it says were the “offensive remarks” made by president of the Public Service Association, Watson Duke.
At a news conference yesterday, Mr Duke urged all public servants who have not received a pay increase since 2013—particularly those who support the ruling People’s National Movement—not to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections.
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.
In what appeared to be more of a general election campaign rather than a local government rally, United National Congress political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar dished out a list of promises if her party returns to power.