Thursday 24 September, 2020

Kamla should resign, says political analyst

File photo: United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar poses for a photo alongside her husband Dr Gregory Bissessar at the Hermitage Presbyterian School on August 10, 2020. Photo credit: Darlisa Ghouralal

File photo: United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar poses for a photo alongside her husband Dr Gregory Bissessar at the Hermitage Presbyterian School on August 10, 2020. Photo credit: Darlisa Ghouralal

United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar should resign following her party's defeat at the polls. This is the view of political analyst Dr Winford James.

Dr James noted that the UNC leader has led her party into yet another defeat.

He said: "This one is just another addition to a long string of defeats, which is why there has been such disaffection within the party. A lot of the electors left the party. That's one of the reasons; she has lost and she has not resigned."

The political analyst said Persad-Bissessar should tender her resignation and let the party decide.

He said: "She led her party into another defeat. She should resign. At least she should offer her resignation and let the party decide."

PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley declared victory in 22 seats on Monday night, leaving the United National Congress (UNC) with 19 seats. 

Persad-Bissessar refused to concede defeat, and called for recounts in at least three marginal constituencies. 

She said: “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."

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is expected to release the official results on Tuesday.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: