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UNC invites nominees for local government election

UNC chairman Davendranath Tancoo said the party has already started to invite nominees for local government.

He said: “The UNC had opened nominations several months ago for candidates and candidacies for the local government elections.”

Tancoo said Opposition Leader and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar confirmed this when the party opened its new headquarters in Chaguanas on April 30.

While Persad-Bissessar indicated at that time that screening of local government nominees would begin soon, Tancoo said the dates and times for that exercise are still being determined.

Tancoo said, “We are ahead (in our preparation) and ready for whenever this election is called.”

He also said a substantial number of UNC members have come forward to offer themselves as nominees.

UNC general secretary Peter Kanhai agreed with Tancoo.

Kanhai said the UNC was in a similar level of preparation last September, with respect to inviting and screening local government nominees, when the elections were postponed.

He added that a future UNC government would bring legislation to Parliament to fix the dates for local government elections.