Saturday 19 September, 2020

UNC, EBC meet on General Election 2020

Photo via the United National Congress (UNC).

Photo via the United National Congress (UNC).

Representatives of the United National Congress (UNC) on Friday met with the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to discuss several key election issues, including how COVID-19 restrictions will affect the voting process.

Friday’s meeting was held at the request of the UNC.

The party said the meeting was in keeping with its mandate to work in the interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago to secure T&T’s democratic rights.

At the meeting, the UNC contingent highlighted issues with voter registration and the ability of members from Commonwealth Territories to vote in Trinidad and Tobago General Elections.

It also raised questions around the issue of special voting and the ability of the EBC to police the list of electors.

Concerns on the official detailed report of the 2019 Local Government Elections and how COVID-19 restrictions will affect the upcoming voting process were also on the agenda.

The UNC took note of what it described as recurring issues during the 2015 General Elections and the 2019 Local Government Election.

The party said: “Our purpose is to make sure these issues: from allegations of voter padding to training of officers to standardise the ways the Presiding Officers manage concerns across the board, are rectified before the 2020 General Election.”

In highlighting the issues, it said that they cannot be allowed to continue in the upcoming 2020 General Elections. The party said it will continue to work with the EBC to prevent a repeat of these issues.

The party again called for the reopening of the borders to allow for international observers to the general election.

It noted that election observers played an integral part in the recent Guyana elections.

In making the call, it said the observers will be subjected to all necessary mandatory quarantine to ensure they are free from COVID-19 before being allowed to carry out their duties.

The party stressed that adequate preparations should be made well beforehand to ensure this important step is taken in T&T’s election process.

It advocated for the EBC to be properly equipped and resourced to accomplish its mandates and said it will continue doing so in the run-up to the 2020 General Elections.

The UNC restated its commitment to free and fair elections to reflect the true will of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

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