One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.
Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.
He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.
The ballot boxes for the PNM Tobago Council internal elections currently are under police guard at the Council’s headquarters.
And the ballots will be kept under the watchful eye of the police, to ensure no tampering takes place, until counting resumes this afternoon.
Counting of ballots came to a halt in the early hours of Monday, much to the dismay of many members of the PNM. Several expressed concern that the election might have been rigged, and questioned the reasons behind the delay.
Counting of ballots in the Tobago Council of the People's National Movement's (PNM) internal elections continues at 2 pm today.
Confirmation has come from Chairman of the Election Supervisory Committee, Alvin Pascal.
Pascal told Guardian Media a decision was taken in the wee hours of Monday morning to stop counting the ballots. The counting began after 6 pm yesterday, when the polling stations closed.
"The boxes with the ballots are sealed and guarded by two police officers at the Council's office," he told Guardian Media.
Disgruntled PNMites became angry and suspicious when ballots boxes failed to show after midnight at the PNM's Tobago Council's offices at Bacolet Road on Sunday.
Ann John, a resident of John Dial, Tobago, was one of a handful of supporters who had gathered sometime after 6 pm on Sunday eagerly awaiting results. Shortly before 11pm, John became furious and demanded answers. John said she believe something was sinister was at hand.
Former National Security Minister, Jack Warner, says it is time that Government officially activates a State of Emergency (SoE), to deal with the crime crisis in the country.
Mr Warner was reacting to news of the most recent incidents of gang violence in the capital city, Port of Spain.
He believes the authorities here need to take a page out of the Jamaica playbook with targeted SoEs in hotspot areas, in order to get a handle on gang violence.
Former Social Development Minister, Christine Newallo-Hosein, says poor accountability and the potential for abuse has crept back into the Food Card Programme once more, and the Rowley Administration must take responsibility for that.
The Cumuto / Manzanilla MP told us that when she was social development minister, she had sought to put in place checks and balances to prevent food card abuse—such as means testing and biometric records—but these were dismantled when the PNM came into office.
Handle Beckles, the former assemblyman who was convicted of defrauding an elderly couple of $300,000 earlier this year, has been dropped from the Tracy Davidson-Celestine slate.
Beckles, a pastor who is also a nurse, was contesting the post of Welfare Officer in the Peoples National Movement's internal elections, scheduled for 19 January 2020.
He won the Bethel/Mt Irvine seat on a PNM ticket in the January 2013 Tobago House of Assembly election and served as an assistant secretary in the Division of Infrastructure shortly after.
Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine was elected as the chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation for a second term, earlier this morning.
The swearing-in ceremony also saw former education minister, Clifton DeCoteau, taking the oath as an alderman, and being elected as the Corporation’s Vice-Chairman.
As the country now gears up for campaigning ahead of the 2020 general election, political analysts agree that both major parties—PNM and UNC—will have their work cut out for them, trying to convince the undecideds and independent voters.
According to Dr Winford James, yesterday’s local government election results have cemented the reality that Trinidad and Tobago is a two party country. He says a third political force may never be able to fully impact the political landscape, notwithstanding how many people continue to call for change.
The PNM's campaign manager for the 2019 Local Government Elections, says the UNC failed to make any serious inroads into any of the PNM strongholds.
However, Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, says the party will be doing some serious analysis of all the results, to determine the way forward for its 2020 general election strategy.
According to Minister Sinanan, one of the key people on the PNM’s strategy team for the recently concluded election, the opposition party was unable to make any impact on the East-West Corridor.