Trinidad and Tobago: Governing Party Claims Victory, Opposition Demands Recount

by: - August 11, 2020
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Preliminary results in Trinidad and Tobago’s general election shows the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM), led by Dr. Keith Rowley, has won 22 of the 41 electoral seats.

The opposition United National Congress (UNC) led by former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar won 19 seats.

Following the elections, Kamla Persad-Bissessar says “she is not conceding defeat” and intends to demand recounts in at least three marginal constituencies.

“I am not giving any concessionary speech; I am not conceding. Our candidates in several of the marginals [are] filing for recounts and because the numbers are so close, those recounts will be done and only then can we concede or claim victory,” she says.

Meanwhile, Rowley described the election as a “hard election”.

He said, “It was a hard election, in the end, we prevailed. Our platform has won and we have a mandate to do what we say we going to do.”

Rowley also touted that this could easily be his last term in politics. “I have places to go and people to see. I have a commitment to ensure that this is a period of transition in the PNM. I have a duty and responsibility during this term to ensure young people are developed to take over.”

This election campaign was however overshadowed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with physical rallies replaced by streamed rallies and noisy motorcades.