The opposition United National Congress (UNC) has confirmed it’s candidate in the marginal constituency of San Fernando West as Senator Sean Sobers. The incumbent is Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi who secured this seat for the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the September 7, 2015 general election. The UNC made inroads in the constituency in the recently concluded Local Government Elections.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, speaking at the UNC’s National Congress meeting in Couva yesterday after noon, announced two of 39 general candidates—Sobers, who is an attorney, and Kenya Charles—the UNC candidate for St Ann’s East. The St Ann’s East seat is currently held by the PNM’s Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, who is also Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.
Sobers pledged his support for his political leaders and commitment to the Southland. He said “He is a proud product of the south…..There is a lot of misinformation and stereotyping in society that young people like me are uncommon in the UNC. That is far from reality as I can tell you this is the most diverse party in the country, and he has always been treated with love and respect.
The UNC has indicated that it will not be fielding any candidates in Tobago. The party also indicated that it will fight the 2020 General Elections alone, with a mixture of energetic new faces and experienced stalwarts.
The political leader also said in her speech:
“Darkness may have descended to cloak an attack on our Constitutional rights and freedoms, but as our national anthem so boldly states – we are forged from the love of liberty, in the FIRES OF HOPE AND PRAYER! And the fire of hope burns in all of us”!