Saturday 5 December, 2020

T&T Debates Commission: No Leaders' debate for 2020 General Election

There will be no electoral debate between political leaders for this General Election.

The Trinidad & Tobago Debates Commission (TTDC), an independent organisation formed under the auspices of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce, said it will not be hosting an electoral debate for the General Election in 2020.

A statement from T&T Chamber on Wednesday stated that the TTDC has been deliberating on this position since 2019.

It acknowledged its success in hosting Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly election debates over the past 10 years.

However, it said despite its best efforts it has not been able to coordinate a Leaders’ Debate in the last two general elections.

The TTDC added that it has held discussions with The Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), which
has decided that it will work towards developing national debates in the country.

"Regrettably however, due the COVID-19 pandemic there was not enough time to mobilise for this election. In due course a statement will be made by the TTPBA and the initiative will be launched."

Prospective candidate for San Fernando West Nikoli Edwards of the Progressive Party has called for debates among the political leaders.

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