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.
Hundreds flocked to attend the UNC’s Local Government launch on Sunday at the car park of the UNC’s Couva South Constituency offices at Camden Road, Couva. The crowd was not as massive as in the days of Kamla-mania prior to the 2010 general election but was considerably different since there was a large gathering of Afro-T&T supporters and Venezuelan nationals donning UNC T-shirts who came out to support candidates from north and south Trinidad.
THE Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is calling the injunction to block the sale of the Petrotrin Refinery a political move.
This after the United National Congress (UNC) distanced itself from any legal action with respect to the sale of the refinery.
Education and Research Officer of the OWTU, Ozzie Warwick, told Guardian Media that members of the UNC—namely Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal—lied on the union in the Parliament.
He says they are taking that very seriously.
The United National Congress has made it clear that the party did not file any lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery.
The political party has issued an official statement, in which it explains that concerned citizens are the ones who’ve filed the constitutional claim.
The lawsuit has been filed against the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Energy Affairs—Finance Minister Colm Imbert—over his failure to convene a meeting for close to two years.