Opposition Leader and Political Leader of the UNC,Kamla Persad Bissessar SC MP, during the party’s virtual political meeting on Thursday 28 May 2020. (Image courtesy the United National Congress)

The United National Congress (UNC) has named five additional candidates to contest the General Elections this year, following an intense screening process over the past week.

In an official statement, the party notes that the Screening Committee has interviewed “numerous nominees from various economic, social, ethnic, academic, and religious backgrounds, reflecting the national traction which the United National Congress continues to build ahead of the 2020 General Election”.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar SC MP, Political Leader of the UNC, made the announcement of the party’s latest candidates, during the party’s second virtual rally, last night.

The Opposition Leader also shared more of the UNC’s proposed National Economic Transformation Plan, which she revealed includes significant development goals for the East-West corridor.

The candidates announced at last night’s virtual meeting will be contesting seats primarily West Trinidad.

“For the Constituency of Diego Martin West, the young firebrand Marsha Walker Riley was selected. Marsha wears many caps, from being a professional coach, author, and a passionate advocate for responsible parenting and how it aids in raising law-abiding productive adults to contribute to our society. She is the founder of the “Just Be Active Academy” which focuses on children ages 3 to 7 years old and introduces them to various sports and outdoor activities. Marsha has also authored a children’s book entitled “If I Can, You Can Too,” which tells the true story of some of our local heroes in a child-friendly manner,” the UNC release said.

The party has selected John Ricardo Laquis for the Diego Martin Central seat, “experienced businessman and community activist, who has over 40 years of experience in the marine and automobile sector”.

The release adds: “For Diego Martin North East, the UNC northwest Coordinator and popular businessman in west Trinidad, Eli Zakour, has received the nod. Zakour who holds an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University, has spent many years serving the community through various NGOs and CBOs while also coordinating the UNC’s development agenda as northwest Coordinator on the party’s national executive.”

Former policeman and community activist, Curtis Orr, will contest the seat of Port of Spain South for the UNC, while a young entrepreneur is the party’s candidate for Port of Spain North / St Ann’s West.

“Young entrepreneur and youth activist Darren Garner has been chosen for Port of Spain North / St. Ann’s West,” the release states. “Having contested a seat in last year’s local government elections within the Port of Spain City Corporation where he made a huge impact.”

The United National Congress is expected to continue the screening process for more political hopefuls, in the coming days.