Thursday, January 18, 2018

Moonilal: UNC to meet on internal election

 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.”