Local Government

Candidates file nomination papers for California/Point Lisas

The race is on for the mar­gin­al seat of Cal­i­for­nia/Point Lisas on The Cou­va/Tabaquite/Tal­paro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion (CT­TRC) .

In 2016 the PNM’s Alif Mo­hammed lost the seat by 81 votes to the UNC’s Ram­c­hand Ra­jbal Maraj.

This morn­ing,, Ma­haraj and PNM can­di­date Di­nah Va­lene Thur­ton­filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers at the of­fice of the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um.

Thur­ton was ac­com­pa­nied by sup­port­ers and Labour Min­is­ter Jen­nifer Bap­tiste-Primus.

COP Leader concerned about Local Government Reform Law and Elections

Political Leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Carolyn Seepersad Bachan, is keeping her cards close to her chest, with regard to the COP’s contesting of the upcoming local government elections.

Mrs Seepersad Bachan has hinted that the COP may be combining forces with other parties on the political landscape, but would not use the word coalition to describe the arrangement.

She says it is important to get the arrangements right, noting that under the People’s Partnership, the arrangement featured one dominant partner, and several small partners.

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.

MSJ to contest local, general elections

The Move­ment for So­cial Jus­tice (MSJ) says it will con­test all 114 elec­toral dis­tricts in the up­com­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions and 41 con­stituen­cies in next year’s Gen­er­al Elec­tion as it seeks to over­throw the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM).

Nom­i­na­tions for can­di­dates will take place at the par­ty’s head­quar­ters from Ju­ly 1 to 31 be­tween 9 am and 4 pm. Forms are avail­able at the head­quar­ters and on­line. Can­di­dates will be screened fol­low­ing nom­i­na­tion.

218 reports of damage to private homes

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says disaster management units for the 14 municipal corporations have thus far received a total of 218 reports of both major and minor structural damage to private homes.

The ministry says assessments have been completed for 146 of these reports and that disaster management units are continuing their assessments today to ensure citizen safety.

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. 

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