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