Kamla denies changing faces of UNC for local, general elections
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is refuting claims that the United National Congress (UNC) has decided to change the faces of certain members of parliament based on advice from caucus members.
In a statement issued on Monday, Persad-Bissessar said she wished to “strenuously deny” these reports adding that no arbitrary decisions have been taken with respect to the selection of election candidates.
She said the UNC will strictly adhere to its accepted systems and conventions before any decisions are taken
“No advice has been sought from caucus members and none has been received about the composition of the UNC’s electoral team,” she said.
The Siparia MP also noted that no candidates have been selected or de-selected.
“I have stated that the candidate selection process will soon be initiated for the Local Government election. This procedure will be duly followed by a similar process for selection of candidates for the general election. These measures would be undertaken in keeping with the UNC’s institutionalised and acknowledged democratic system,” she said.
According to the UNC leader, the party is currently undertaking an extensive consultation exercise with MPs and Senators, aimed at building consensus on policy and other vital issues in preparation for a resumption of national office.
“The UNC appreciates the current deplorable state of national governance and the population’s earnest pleas for an urgent and dramatic improvement in the quality of their lives. As a result, the organisation is harnessing its human and other resources so as to be fully prepared to effect positive and measurable change in the quickest possible time,” she noted.
Persad-Bissessar assured members of the public that she will keep them apprised of the relevant matters as the party prepares for local and general elections.