WITH the passing of legislation to select aldermen for regional corporations there is a lot more room for improvement at the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).
So said general secretary of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Ashton Ford yesterday.
Ford, who spent more than an hour at the EBC office filing nominations for the October 21 local government elections, described the process as “tedious”, stating that “there was too much short notice” since the passing of the Municipal Corporations Amendment Bill on September 11.
“We had to submit the names of all the aldermen and correspond them with the amount of councillors, which means we had to sit through 136 names for aldermen to be considered throughout Trinidad and Tobago,” said Forde.
He said there was not sufficient time in order to upgrade facilities at the EBC in order to deal with the sudden changes.
“I think there is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the administrative aspect especially on the part of the EBC because they require a lot of information and because of so much short notice they have to work with what they have,” said Ford.
Despite these shortcomings, Ford said EBC officials were “very meticulous” when it came to sifting though the nomination papers.
Asked about the party’s confidence level in the run-up to the election, Ford said, “We are very confident...we have been fighting elections for many years and this one is just as difficult. No election is easy,” he said.