UNC gets ready for Local Government elections

The Opposition United National Congress is getting ready for this year's Local Government elections in December.

The party says over 400 people have come forward to offer themselves as candidates.

The following is a statement from the UNC:

"More than four hundred people have filed nominations to represent the United National Congress (UNC) in the Local Government Elections scheduled to be held this year. Nominations closed at 4:00 pm Sunday May 15, 2016.

Padarath to repay Parliament $60,000 for hiring relative

Apart from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, two other Opposition UNC MPs had relatives employed at their respective constituency offices in this current parliamentary term, and a third UNC MP still has a “distant” relative employed.

They are Princes Town MP Barry Padarath, Caroni Central MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie and Mayaro MP Rushton Paray.

UNC challenges AG on discontinuance of case against Malcolm Jones

The United National Congress is challenging the Government over the discontinuance of a case filed against former Petrotrin president Malcolm Jones, announced the Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi at a news conference today.

The UNC believes that the case brought against Jones was strong and backed with solid evidence.

The following is the UNC's statement:

UNC gets set for other internal elections

UNC Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has advised the party's membership of upcoming elections within the party.

This followed a meeting of the UNC National Executive last evening.

The following is a statement from the UNC:

"On Wednesday 27th January 2016, the National Executive and the Parliamentary Arm of the United National Congress met at Rienzi Complex.

Gerald Hadeed replaces Vasant Bharath in the Senate

President Anthony Carmona, on the advice of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has appointed former Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed as a Senator to fill the void left by the resignation of Senator Vasant Bharath.

Bharath resigned as a senator on November 11th after declaring his intention to run for the post of political leader of the UNC, in the Internal Elections won by Kamla-Persad-Bissessar on Saturday.

Hadeed was sworn in following an announcement by Senate President Christine Kangaloo just before the Senate broke for lunch today.