Elections

New TTUTA executive elected

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) have elected the union’s first female president.

Preliminary results show Antonia Tekah-De Freitas has replaced Lynsley Doodhai at the helm.

She emerged victorious with 3,623 votes.

Kady Beckles has been elected General Secretary.

In addition, Marlon Seales, Kyrla Robertson-Thomas and Darren Lee Him will now hold the posts of First, Second and Third Vice Presidents, respectively.

TTUTA to get a female president

His­to­ry will be cre­at­ed to­day when a woman is se­lect­ed to lead the Trinidad and To­ba­go Uni­fied Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA) as the elec­tion of a new ex­ec­u­tive got un­der­way this morn­ing.

Vy­ing for the post of Pres­i­dent is Up­per Cara­pichaima Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School Prin­ci­pal Nir­mala Chinebas-Din­di­al; East­ern Boys’ Gov­ern­ment School Prin­ci­pal Jemi­ma Ri­ley; and se­nior teacher at Tu­na­puna Girls’ RC School An­to­nia De Fre­itas.

TTUTA 2019 Election—A woman will be leading them

When all the votes are counted later today, history will be created today when a woman is selected to lead the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA).

The election of a new executive for the teachers’ union got underway this morning.

Vying for the post of President is Upper Carapichaima Presbyterian Primary School Principal, Nirmala Chinebas-Dindial; Eastern Boys’ Government School Principal, Jemima Riley; and senior teacher at Tunapuna Girls’ RC School, Antonia De Freitas.

POLITICAL ANALYST: Expect more voters for LGE 2019

Political analyst, Dr Winford James, is predicting that this year will see a higher than normal turnout for the local government elections.

According to Dr James, voter participation in the last local government election was at roughly 34 percent. He notes, though, that having two major elections so close together will impact voter participation. He says people also will be going to the polls because of how they feel about the Rowley administration, as well as any momentum which the UNC can generate for itself.

Political parties says they're ready for LGE 2019

Local political parties say they are ready for Local Government Elections (LGE) 2019, which are scheduled to take place on Monday December 2nd.

On Friday, during the Opposition Leader’s response to the 2020 Budget Presentation, the Prime Minister’s Office released a brief statement confirming the date for the local government elections.

PM: Local election date soon

"Soon," was Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley's re­sponse to re­porters yes­ter­day when they asked him when the date for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tions will be an­nounced.

Row­ley the re­ply at a me­dia con­fer­ence about his re­cent trip to the Unit­ed States. Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment polls are con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly due be­tween No­vem­ber and ear­ly Feb­ru­ary. PNM of­fi­cials have pro­ject­ed that the elec­tion will be held lat­er this year since Car­ni­val 2020 takes place ear­ly next year.

Opposition, experts expect ‘election’ goodies in budget

Ex­pect an ‘elec­tion’ Bud­get when Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Colm Im­bert de­liv­ers the 2020 Bud­get on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 7, so said the ex­perts as well as the Op­po­si­tion.

The pro­jec­tions came yes­ter­day af­ter Im­bert an­nounced the bud­get’s de­liv­ery date dur­ing a brief state­ment in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

NUGFW elections pushed back to October

The National Union of Government & Federated Workers's (NUGFW's) National Executive Council elections will be held on October 28th, when they are constitutionally due.

The election was scheduled to take place today but President General James Lambert said it didn’t take place because the opposing side, Team Shield, served him with a pre-action protocol letter stating that the election was unconstitutionally brought forward.

Lambert said that was incorrect and that his team, Team Faithful, followed all protocols before advancing the date.  

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