Local Government

Vendors being allowed back on Charlotte Street but Ministry warns of 'crackdown' soon to ensure order

Charlotte Street vendors have been told that they will be allowed to return to their normal locations but have been warned that the City Corporation will be cracking down on illegal vending soon.

A statement by the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says the minister made it clear that the ministry is moving towards the implementation of proper procedure and policy and that only registered vendors will be allowed to operate.

The following is a statement issued by the ministry on Monday.

PNM picks candidates for Barataria, Belmont East Local Gov't bye-elections

The ruling People's National Movement has selected two candidates for upcoming Local Government bye-elections in Barataria and Belmont East.

The party said in a statement that its screening committee met on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at Balisier House Port of Spain, to screen prospective candidates.

Ten persons were screened, which included five for each electoral district.

The committee eventually selected Nicole Young to run for Belmont East and Ms. Kimberly Rae-Ann Small for Barataria.

Gov't opens bridge linking Covigne and Spaniol Roads in Diego Martin

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has officially opened a new bridge that links Covigne and Spaniol Roads in Diego Martin.

Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Diego Martin West Dr Keith Rowley hailed the new bridge as value for money because he said it went out for competitive bids.

“As we improve things one by one, we improve the community. I know many residents who are happy to have this bridge. It may look like a small project, but in this current situation for the country, a project at this cost is not a small project.”

EBC rejects two UNC candidates

The ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) is the only party fielding a full slate of 137 candidates for the November 28 Local Government election, since the Opposition United National Congress will only have 135 candidates.

Yesterday, the UNC issued its list of candidates, without names of candidates for the Woodbrook and Southern Port-of-Spain seats in the Port-of-Spain corporation area.

UNC chairman David Lee said two of UNC’s candidates who filed nomination papers on Monday for those two seats were rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Commission. 

PNM crushes UNC in both Local Government bye-election seats

The People's National Movement has crushed the United National Congress in the bye-elections for two Local Government seats made vacant when former representatives became Members of Parliament.

The PNM tonight won the Auzonville/Tunapuna seat by a margin of 2459 to the UNC's 325.

The PNM also won the Malabar South seat by a margin of 1263 to the UNC's 29.

The results show that 97.45 percent of the votes cast in Malabar South and 88.04 percent of the votes cast in Auzonville/Tunapuna, went to the PNM.