Trinidad &Tobago voters will go to the polls on August 10, 2020

Caribbean Life News NY – Posted on July 13, 2020 – By Azad Ali + more info from Guyanese Online

CapitalPort of Spain‘  Population1.39 million (2018) World Bank

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley made the announcement when Parliament was prorogued last Friday to make way from the 12th Trinidad and Tobago Republican Parliament. Nomination day is July 17, for the 2020 General Election.

There are 41 elected members of the House of Representatives, who are elected in single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post system.

Keith Rowley

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley. He is leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM).

In the 2015 general election, the PNM won a majority government with 22 of the 41 seats. A total of 65 percent of voters turned out for the 2015 general election. (See more below). Elections are in 41 constituencies -first past the post.

The People’s Partnership (PP), a coalition of parties,  won 19 seats contested the election under Kamla Persad-Bissessar, but this year she is going alone in the election. She is the political leader of the United National Congress (UNC).

She dropped 10 incumbent MPs from the UNC slate. Persad-Bissessar successfully re-elected eight MPs. The new UNC slate includes several individuals drawn from the senate; local government and the UNC party executive, among them are a number of young candidates including eight women in the 39 candidates selected.

Kamla Persad Bissesar

The PNM is contesting all 41 seats — 39 in Trinidad and two in Tobago.

Some pollsters are saying the choice of candidates by the UNC for their “safe” constituencies could influence the outcome of the general election

The UNC has selected candidates in seven marginal seats and challengers for all People’s National Movement (PNM) ” safe” seats.

Dr. Rowley also dropped eight of his cabinet ministers in his new slate.

There are a number of other small political parties and two independents in the race. 

From Wikipedia

e • d Summary of the 7 September 2015 House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago election results
Parties Votes % Seats
People’s National Movement 378,447 51.68% 23
People’s Partnership Coalition 341,597 46.64% 18
Independent Liberal Party 5,123 0.70% 0
Others 7,173 0.98% 0
Total valid votes 732,340 100.00 41
Invalid/blank votes 2,452
Total (turnout 66.84%) 734,792 100
Source: EBC
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  • Brother Man  On July 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Ah wah going on?

    As per the article above, Trinidad and Tobago will go to the polls in 5 weeks from now — on August 20. Odds are, they will find out who won before the jokers in Guyana.

    What does that tell you? Poland held their election this week and the winner was declared the next day, even though the race was very close.

    They use the first-past-the -post system in Trinidad. The number of seats being contested is 41. Polls indicate that it will be a close election.

    Meanwhile, the Big Elephant the US has just imposed visa restrictions on Granger and his family. Other similar restrictions are likely to follow from Caricom members and the OAS. It is well past the time for this ridiculous impasse to end. It does no one any good.

    Brother Man

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