President-designate Justice Anthony Carmona's resignation from the judiciary officially took effect from yesterday.
Carmona will today be elected as the fifth President of Trinidad and Tobago by the Electoral College, which consists of the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Outgoing President George Maxwell Richards and his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards, left the country yesterday for vacation. They are expected to return on February 25.
Richards will officially demit office on March 17.
Both outgoing and incoming presidents have something in common ótheir love for Carnival.
On Carnival Monday, Richards and his wife were on the road playing mas in San Fernando this year with the band Kalicharan and Associates.
They played in the all-inclusive section God and Goddess of De Sky and were decked in green-coloured costumes.
On Carnival Tuesday, they played in Tribe in Port of Spain.
Carmona and his wife, Reema, also took part in the festivities and played in Tribe.
The Express learned Carmona has been playing mas since his childhood days, and he will continue to do so with his wife come next year.
At the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair yesterday, Communications Minister Jamal Mohammed reminded the country that Carmona would be elected as President today.
Describing today as an historic one, Mohammed said House Speaker Wade Mark, who is chairman of the Electoral College, will preside over the election.
Mohammed noted that Carmona is the sole nominee for president so he will be automatically ratified as the country's next President today at 2 p.m.