Tri­nis Vote Mon­day

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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?

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