Trinis Vote Monday
Trinidadians will go to the polls on Monday September 7 to elect a new Government. CARICOM has announced that it will mount an Electoral Observer Mission to monitor the general elections in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Chief of Mission is Orrette Fisher, Director of Elections of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, while Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer for the Department of Elections and Boundaries of Belize, will act as Deputy Chief of Mission. Fisher and Tamai will be joined in the Mission by other experts in Electoral Management and Administration from Barbados, The Bahamas, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.
The Mission members began arriving in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday and will soon meet with the twin-island republic’s electoral officials, leaders of political parties, and other stakeholders.
On election day, the Mission will monitor the elector process including the opening of the poll, the voting process, the closing of the poll, and the counting of the ballots.
The election is being contested between the two main political parties: the Kamla Persad Bissessar-led United National Congress (UNC) and the People’s National Movement (PNM) led by Dr. Keith Rowley. A minority political group, the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) led by Jack Warner, is also in the race.
Kamla Persad Bissessar (pictured), Keith Rowley or Jack Warner; who will win the race at the polls?