Tobagonians head to the polls today to break a months-long political deadlock.
Four parties are contesting the 15 available THA seats, the first time this many seats have been up for grabs.
Following a 6-6 tie earlier this year, The Elections and Boundaries Commission redrew the seats increasing them by 3 additional seats to increase the possibility of a majority winner.
However, Tobago based political analyst Dr Winford James says the turnout in today’s THA elections is not what he would have expected.
He voiced his disappointment as he highlighted the importance of this election.
Speaking with News Power Now, Dr James suggested that the outcome will hinge on who can best provide Tobagonians with what they want…which is to be less dependent on Trinidad.
Dr James said that despite its importance, information reaching him is that voters are slow to the polls in some electoral districts.
Dr James noted however that the day is young so this may yet change.
Forty-five (45) candidates from five political parties will contest today’s THA Elections.
The People’s National Movement and the Progressive Democratic Patriots have fielded candidates in all fifteen electoral districts.
The Innovative Democratic Alliance will contest thirteen of the fifteen electoral districts while the Class Action Reform Movement and Unity of the People political parties have each fielded one candidate in the electoral district of Buccoo/Mt. Pleasant.
Buccoo/Mt. Pleasant is the only electoral district being contested by five candidates.
There are no independent candidates contesting these elections.