Friday 25 September, 2020

PNM tells supporters celebrate at home, UNC says celebrate wherever

PNM candidate for San Fernando West Faris Al-Rawi addressing reporters after casting his ballot. (Photo: Darlisa Ghouralal)

PNM candidate for San Fernando West Faris Al-Rawi addressing reporters after casting his ballot. (Photo: Darlisa Ghouralal)

Supporters of the People's National Movement (PNM) are being told to celebrate at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

The PNM traditionally holds massive celebrations at its Balisier House, Port-of-Spain headquarters on election night but this year, the party has opted instead to hold smaller gatherings at constituency sub-offices.

PNM candidate for San Fernando West Faris Al-Rawi — who spoke with the media after casting his vote at the San Fernando West Secondary School — echoed advice issued by political leader Dr Keith Rowley. 

Dr Rowley urged supporters to party from home.

Al-Rawi said the move was intended to refrain from mass public gatherings, a measure put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Predicting a PNM victory when the polls are declared, Al-Rawi urged his constituents to celebrate remotely. 

"No Balisier House for the victory, no campaign head office for victory. We are all in our respective sub-offices. The machinery at work is within COVID restrictions. And, yes. We will no doubt celebrate remotely," he said.

"There will no doubt be a want to come out and join in forces, but in our political structure we obey instructions."Al-Rawi added.

UNC leader Kamala Persad-Bissessar said supporters should not be told to stay home. (Photo: Darlisa Ghouralal)

Meanwhile, United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said supporters should not be told to stay at home. 

Asked by reporters whether she would also instruct supporters not to gather at the party headquarters, Persad-Bissessar said supporters should not be discouraged from congregating. 

"We wait to see. Maybe they will come, maybe they will not. I don't think we should instruct people not to gather," she said.

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