“It’s fake news meant to distract and confuse!” is the claim being made by incumbent political leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP, who has issued a statement warning of a letter reportedly sent to UNC members, which claims she and her rival for the political leader post—Vasant Bharath—have reached an accommodation.

In the statement issued just after midday, Mrs Persad-Bissessar warns that the letter not only is fake, but appears to be an intentional attempt to confuse UNC members planning to cast their vote in the party’s internal elections, today.

The full text of the statement from Mrs Persad-Bissessar, follows…

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR

It has come to my attention that a letter purporting to have been drafted by the General Secretary of the UNC claiming that an accommodation has been reached between myself and my opponent for Political Leader, Mr. Vasant Bharath,  is currently being circulated on social media.

This letter is completely FAKE and appears to be created by persons attempting to cause confusion among the membership of the UNC who are heading out to the polls today.

The ‘fake’ letter sent out to UNC members, allegedly issued by the party’s General Secretary.

I state firmly that there has been no accommodation between myself and Mr. Vasant Bharath and as such, it is the duty of the members to vote for the persons they believe are best qualified to fill the positions on the National Executive.

This letter is nothing more than a last minute distraction meant to create anxiety in the minds of our members in the hopes that Mr. Bharath might gain a few more votes.

It is my view that the UNC membership is, and always has been, savvy enough to ignore these types of diversionary tactics.

At the end of the day, I expect that my slate will emerge victorious despite the petty games and underhanded tactics being utilised by my opponents.

I urge our UNC members to go out and Vote for the STAR team, and re-elect me, Kamla Persad Bissessar, as your Political Leader, and together we will continue the hard work and the journey back into government.

That being said, I also ask that persons cease and desist from publishing or sharing of this fake letter and I reserve the right to engage legal pursuits against any entity caught doing so.