Council begins to monitor political parties ahead of general elections

Council begins to monitor political parties ahead of general elections

The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour says it has begun its
monitoring activities to evaluate all Political parties, candidates and their supporters in the adherence to the Code of Ethical Political Conduct.

According to a statement, several political parties have already mobilized in preparation for an election which is to be conducted in the midst of a pandemic, coupled with a worldwide movement to end racism and inequality.

The Council said the eleventh parliament of Trinidad and Tobago will automatically be dissolved on September 23rd, if not dissolved sooner.

Once Parliament is dissolved, elections must be held within three months, thus, the 2020 General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago must  be held before December 23, 2020.

The first section of the Code of Ethical Political Conduct entitled
‘Commitment’, challenges all persons engaging in the election campaign to, amongst other things, commit to maintaining the highest moral principles and ethical standards with respect to their conduct.

Also on the agenda is:

  • Promoting and enforcing respect, tolerance, harmony and peace amongst their supporters and the general public.
  • Refraining from practices that promote divisiveness in the Society and committing to the removal of any structures (behavioural, cultural, social or organizational) which reinforce divisiveness.
  • Confining their criticism of other political parties to policies and programmes, past record and work.
  • Upholding the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring that their conduct is above reproach.