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.
The People's National Movement has crushed the United National Congress in the bye-elections for two Local Government seats made vacant when former representatives became Members of Parliament.
The PNM tonight won the Auzonville/Tunapuna seat by a margin of 2459 to the UNC's 325.
The PNM also won the Malabar South seat by a margin of 1263 to the UNC's 29.
The results show that 97.45 percent of the votes cast in Malabar South and 88.04 percent of the votes cast in Auzonville/Tunapuna, went to the PNM.
The Appeal Court has ruled in favour of the UNC Election Petition case continuing.
The ruling was handed down as short whole ago, with two judges ruling in favour and one judge ruling against. [SEE VIDEO BELOW]
Chief Justice Ivor Archie ruled against but Justices Peter Jamadar and Allan Mendonca ruled for.
The UNC are challenging the decision by the Election and Boundaries Commission to extend voting by an hour on election day, a decision the EBC said it made as a result of the torrential rain.
The final list for the UNC Internal Election has been completed and submitted to all relevant parties.
A statement from the UNC's Election Management Committee says that its members have completed their exercise and have forwarded the final UNC membership list to the chairman of the Management Committee.
It says that the Committee has since made copies of the final membership list and has made them available to all relevant parties.
It says that the agents accepting the final membership list signed a confidentiality agreement on behalf of their candidates.