May the best alderman win.
Yesterday the United National Congress (UNC) and the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) submitted their list of potential aldermen to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).
The general secretaries of both parties told the Express in separate interviews that their pick was the best—a team of men and women who were committed to serving the people.
Davendranath Tancoo, UNC’s general secretary, said the party submitted a list of aldermen to the EBC after some 400 persons were recommended.
“It was smooth sailing, we had good screening sessions...we have very good candidates and we had extremely good recommendations for aldermen,” said Tancoo.
He said close to 400 people were screened as candidates for the local government elections and hundreds were also recommended for the posts of aldermen.
“The UNC has a strong slate of candidates who come from a variety of backgrounds, they all have different experience levels. We have a perfect mix of young, old, male, female, an unbeatable team of solid people,” said Tancoo.
He said there were also quite a number of new faces in the local government elections to strike a good balance.
“We are very happy with our choice of candidates, men and women devoted to serving the people,” said Tancoo.
Indra Maraj, ILP’s general secretary, told the Express the party submitted a list of “first-class” aldermen.
She too expressed confidence of victory at the polls with a winning team.
The ILP, she said, has been preparing weeks now and had organised a rehearsal for the local government candidates to ensure there were no hiccups in the nomination process yesterday.
She said everything went smoothly and all 136 candidates filed their papers.
Maraj submitted the ILP’s list of potential aldermen to the EBC office yesterday.
She said both local government candidates and aldermen were screened by the ILP.
“We looked at their ability to perform in the corporation, their skills, their occupations, training, their interaction with the community and how the community look up to them,” she said.
Maraj said the ILP had 16 days of screening throughout the country where persons for both councillors and aldermen were screened.
She said, at the end of it, the best candidates were chosen. “We have a cadre of men, women, young, old. When you see our list it is a true reflection of what Trinidad and Tobago really is.”