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.
Mikela Panday, the former Oropouche West Member of Parliament and daughter of UNC founder Basdeo Panday, will break her silence on what role she will play in the upcoming UNC Internal Elections, at a media conference at 1 pm on Friday.
The announcement will come just half an hour before Parliament resumes, with a major change in the Opposition also related to the election, that of Dr Roodal Moonilal being replaced as Chief Whip by Ganga Singh.
Chairman of the UNC's Women's Arm, Stacy Roopnarine, has announced her support for Vasant Bharath as political leader of the UNC.
Roopnarine issued a statement today confirming her support, saying the party needs change and that Bharath is the only person who can lead the party forward at this time.
The Women's Arm's Public Relations Officer had issued a statement two weeks ago, in support of Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The following is Roopnarine's statement:
UNC Senator Vasant Bharath has resigned as a UNC Senator with immediate effect, citing his decision to run for the post of political leader of the UNC in the December 5th internal elections.
Bharath's announcement comes via a letter he has written to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in which he told Persad-Bissessar that it would be inappropriate for him to continue in that position at this time.
The following is the letter:
"Dear Mrs Persad-Bissessar,
Chaguanas West MP Ganga Singh has been appointed Opposition Chief Whip, replacing Dr Roodal Moonilal who resigned from the post to contest the leadership post in the upcoming UNC Internal Election.
The announcement was made today by the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.
The following is the full statement.
"The Leader of the Opposition today informed the Clerk of the House of Representatives that Mr. Ganga Singh, MP for Chaguanas West has been appointed to serve as Opposition Chief Whip.