Tuesday 1 December, 2020

UNC picks Saddam Hosein for San Juan/Barataria

The United National Congress (UNC) has selected Senator Saddam Hosein as its choice to contest the Barataria/San Juan seat in the upcoming general election.

Outgoing MP Dr Fuad Khan last week announced that he would not be seeking reelection.

The party made the announcement as it revealed its picks for four other seats:

Arima - Flora Singh

Chaguanas West - Dinesh Rambally

D’Abadie/O’Meara - Maurice Hoyte

Toco Sangre Grande - Nabila Greene

The UNC has now completed the screening process for the selection of candidates in preparation for the polls.

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No date has yet been announced but the election is constitutionally due by December 23, 2020.

The UNC introduced its latest candidates, describing the group as a mix of the young and “not so young”:

Flora Singh served as the elected Local Government Representative for Arima West/ O’Meara from 2010 to 2013.  She has put herself forward to bring much-needed representation to the people of Arima who have been forgotten for the last five years.

Saddam Hosein has served as an Opposition Senator over the past three years, fighting for the rights, liberties and equitable development of our citizens.  He is also actively involved in community work, providing much-needed food support and masks during the pandemic to people in need.

From working as State Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to his own law firm as an Advocate Attorney, Hosein has the political will, vision and experience needed to continue and enhance the work of stalwart MP Fuad Khan.

He was called to the bar in 2014 and has extensive experience both in criminal and civil law.

He has a drive to build better communities and help the people of Barataria/San Juan realise their potential.

Dinesh Rambally has contributed significantly to the social, economic and cultural development of the constituency of Chaguanas West.

He is an Attorney at Law with over 19 years’ experience which has included selfless humanitarian efforts as he has consistently fought for the rights, wellbeing, and way of life of citizens based on his vision of equality for all.

He has also served as an Industrial Court Judge and as the Legal Advisor to the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha as well as the National Council for Indian Culture where he has been a champion for equality, cultural promotion and human development especially as it relates to education.

Within the constituency, he has been active with the Munroe Road Village Council and other groups where he has worked to create structures which can work to reduce poverty, allow for sustainable youth development as well as empowerment of women.

Maurice Hoyte, a resident of D’Abadie/ O’Meara for the past 28 years, has sought to make a stand for the people of D’Abadie/ O’Meara by offering himself as the UNC’s candidate for the 2020 General Elections.

He holds a Masters Degree in Small and Medium Enterprise Management as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from the University of the West Indies. Hoyte believes that his experience as a teacher and an entrepreneur will assist him greatly in the fight to return good governance and proper representation to the people of D’Abadie/ O’Meara with the UNC.

Nabila Greene is a young, ambitious, and successful woman, who has always been active within the constituency of Toco/Sangre Grande since the days of Dr. Rupert Griffith. At just 29 years of age, she has spent most of her adult life working for the people of Toco/Sangre Grande.

She holds a university Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Southern Caribbean and a Certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices. She is presently the Youth officer of the Grand Riviere Village Council as well as the President of the Toco Youths United group.

Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar explained the UNC’s choice in its slate of candidates for the 2020 General Election: “It is my intention to marry youth with experience; to give our young people a chance at leadership and to further empower them.  They are the future of our nation.”

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