Last Friday made it four years since Basdeo Panday lost the last election for the political leadership of the United National Congress (UNC)
to Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who went on to lead the party and the People’s Partnership to victory in the May 2010 general election.
United National Congress deputy political leader and
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal says the party will meet shortly to decide on the date of its internal election.
“The internal elections are due; the party would meet in the very short term to look at the constitutional requirements and set a date for elections, given all the circumstances, and to look at a timetable to hold the elections,” he told TV6 News yesterday.
Moonilal said the UNC’s internal election was postponed last year because of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elec-
tion last January, the Chaguanas West by-election in July, the local government election in October and the St Joseph by-election in November.
“It is a practice and a con-
vention that parties do not have internal elections in an election year; that is an established convention so that the elections would have been delayed, given not one but four elections in Trinidad and Tobago last year. So that was articulated already, but in January, everybody tends to get nervous in January because January is a time of elections and internal politics.”