Thursday 24 September, 2020

Watch: UNC confident in Kamla's leadership

Pictured: UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar after casting her vote at the Hermitage Presbyterian Primary School, La Romaine, on August 10, 2020. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.

Pictured: UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar after casting her vote at the Hermitage Presbyterian Primary School, La Romaine, on August 10, 2020. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.

Members of the United National Congress (UNC) see no need for leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to step down from her position.

This from UNC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Anita Haynes who assured that the party remains confident in Persad-Bissessar’s leadership despite the outcome of the 2020 General Election.

 

Video by Darlisa Ghouralal.

Haynes was responding to questions from reporters at a media conference at the UNC’s South Regional Office on Tuesday following initial election results that showed a 22-19 win for the People’s National Movement (PNM).

The briefing followed an hours-long meeting that included Persad-Bissessar, Chairman David Lee, General Secretary Davendranath Tancoo, Deputy Political Leader Khadijah Ameen, Barry Padarath and several others.

The UNC leader was not present at the briefing while Dr Roodal Moonilal was seen leaving before it began.

Haynes said the party was in full support of its leader and the question of her stepping down did not arise.

The UNC’s next internal election is set for 2021 where the post of political leader will be among those contested.

Persad-Bissessar, when addressing supporters at her constituency office in Siparia on Monday night, indicated that the UNC would not be conceding defeat.  

The party has demanded recounts in the constituencies of La Horquetta/Talparo, San Fernando West, St Joseph, Toco/Sangre Grande and Tunapuna - some of which began on Tuesday. The UNC contested all 39 seats in Trinidad but not the two seats in Tobago at this year's polls.

Further, it intends to write the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) over irregularities on polling day, among them a video, which appears to show PNM San Fernando West candidate, outgoing MP Faris Al-Rawi at an EBC office in Marabella at the close of polls on Monday.

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