Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has joined the chorus of voices against child marriages.
The Opposition Leader made the following statement at a media briefing today:
"Good afternoon members of the media and thank you for coming to this briefing, which is on an issue of critical national importance for today and for the years to come.
The issue is that of Child Marriage, and the current position where it is permitted by law for children to be married at from the age of 12 years old.
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.
The United National Congress is calling for the dismissal of National Security Minister Brigadier Edmund Dillon, as it alleges that racial profiling is taking place at the Strategic Services Agency.
The UNC issued this statement on the matter:
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.