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Tuesday 11 August, 2020

PM: No plans now to reopen borders for August 10 election

Pictured: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley responds to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Couva South on July 3 2020.
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Pictured: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley responds to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Couva South on July 3 2020. © 2020 Office of the Parliament. All rights reserved.

There is no immediate effort to facilitate the return of nationals abroad who may want to cast their vote in the August 10 general election.

Government will continue to be guided by the advice of health experts on the opening of the country’s borders, which remain closed at this time to commercial travel due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Responding to a question in the Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley indicated that there would be no change in the manner in which repatriations have been facilitated since the COVID-19 restrictions on international travel have been in place.

He said: “The Government of Trinidad and Tobago continues on an ongoing basis in a pandemic to keep its borders closed as required and advised by the health experts, but at the same time we facilitate, on an ongoing basis, persons who are outside of the country and we will continue so to do until whenever the borders are open.”

Asked whether Government had been advised on when borders should be reopened, Dr Rowley repeated his earlier answer that any decision would be taken based on the advice from the health experts at the time.

Questioned further on the number of nationals who have made requests to return to T&T, the Prime Minister said it would be difficult to ascertain that number in the absence of a database of nationals who normally reside here.

“There are persons who come here once in a while and regard themselves as residing here, and there are persons who are outside and we try to facilitate in the context of what we are dealing with,” Dr Rowley said.

The Prime Minister in rounding up his response reminded members of the house that the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and Government’s response to the virus is to ensure that the health of T&T is preserved.

“It is quite easy for members to begin to believe that there is no pandemic or that we have passed the worst. It is only that we have done well enough to evade the ravages of the pandemic,” he concluded.

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