MEDIA workers were warned yesterday to dress and conduct themselves appropriately as rehearsals went on for the inauguration of president-elect Anthony Carmona, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Monday.
Co-ordinators from the Office of the President and various State arms, including the Defence Force, continued to work around the clock to get the stadium ready for the swearing-in of Carmona, which will be broadcast live on State-owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG), from 3 p.m.
The actual inauguration is set for 5 p.m.
The ceremony will be witnessed by a large contingent of dignitaries and up to 5,000 pupils from primary and secondary schools across the nation.
Protocol will be observed to a fine point and security will be high, public relations officer for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Lieutenant Kirk Jean-Baptiste, said during a press briefing at the stadium yesterday.
He also warned that absolutely no unauthorised persons will be allowed into the ceremony and cautioned media persons slated to cover the event to have their badges on display.
All around, infrastructure was being put up to facilitate coverage, including the big-screen televisions that will give a better view to those in the far-off stands.
But all the ceremony is not limited to Monday's swearing-in.
On Sunday, outgoing President George Maxwell Richards will take a final bow in office.
Richards will be part of a brief salute when he takes a drive around the block at President's House in St Ann's, exiting the gate known as Post One, the entrance closest to Queen's Hall, at 3:50 p.m.
The demittal ceremony for Richards takes place from 4 p.m. at Knowsley, Queen's Park South.