Dr Rai Ragbir, UNC candidate for Cumuto/Manzanilla. (Image courtesy UNC)

The United National Congress (UNC) candidate for Cumuto/Manzanilla has asked the community to give him a chance.

Acknowledging concerns that he is not from the area, Dr Rai Ragbir says he is aware of the problems plaguing the rural communities.

 “I would love to meet all of them to show what I can do for the community,” he told Guardian Media. “As I tell all my people that I touch during my walk, I offer myself as their representative.”

Several constituents were disappointed over Ragbir’s candidacy, accusing the UNC of handpicking him over incumbent Member of Parliament, Christine Newallo-Hosein.

Newallo-Hosein was hoping to serve a second term.

While commending her for the work she has done thus far, Dr Ragbir says it is time to move to another level.

Christine Newallo-Hosein is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Cumuto/Manzanilla. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)