UNC gets 104 election nominations

The Op­po­si­tion UNC im­me­di­ate­ly re­ceived 104 nom­i­na­tions for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and gen­er­al elec­tion ar­eas when the par­ty opened nom­i­na­tions on Mon­day.

UNC PRO Ani­ta Haynes con­firmed this fol­low­ing first-day ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day.  The par­ty opened nom­i­na­tions for all Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment cor­po­ra­tion seats and for gen­er­al elec­tion seats which the UNC doesn’t hold and which are cur­rent­ly held by the PNM.

Haynes said 84 peo­ple col­lect­ed forms for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment seats and 20 for gen­er­al elec­tion seat.

“Those col­lect­ing forms for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment polls in­clud­ed in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors as well as first-time con­tenders.

Those col­lect­ing forms for gen­er­al seats ex­pressed in­ter­est in ar­eas such as Port-of-Spain North and South, and Diego Mar­tin seats. Those in that cat­e­go­ry are main­ly first timers al­so, “ Haynes added.

A par­ty state­ment said the UNC was heart­ened “by the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse to our call to ac­tion.”

UNC leader Kam­la Per­sad- Bisses­sar, who ad­dressed the crowd of po­ten­tial nom­i­nees, said (Mon­day’s) en­thu­si­as­tic ‘’re­sponse is in­dica­tive of the hard work we’ve been do­ing in com­mu­ni­ties, that so many young peo­ple and new faces, tru­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our di­verse na­tion are step­ping for­ward, will­ing to work with the UNC in mov­ing our na­tion for­ward.

This au­gurs well for our democ­ra­cy, our par­ty and the fu­ture of our coun­try...we re­it­er­ate our call for all those in­ter­est­ed in na­tion­al de­vel­op­ment to step up and claim your space.”

UNC is al­so is­su­ing a call this week for mem­bers of the pub­lic to give their in­put and par­tic­i­pate on the sev­er­al com­mit­tees the par­ty re­cent­ly launched on var­i­ous ar­eas of na­tion­al in­ter­est, from na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty to health and oth­er port­fo­lios.

Reporter: Gail Alexander