No accident election observers not here, Kamla says
Created : 30 July 2020
Pictured: UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks at a political meeting on July 30, 2020.
United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has accused Government of deliberately botching the process to allow the arrival of international observer missions in time for the August 10 general election.
Persad-Bissessar at a UNC meeting on Thursday night accused Government on dragging its feet on extending an invitation to CARICOM and the Commonwealth to allow observers to clear the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The UNC leader earlier in July placed on the record the need for the presence of election observers to ensure the polls are conducted in a free and fair manner.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley requested CARICOM and Commonwealth observer missions be sent to T&T, however, the organisations expressed their inability to meet the cost associated with the 14-day quarantine period required for entry into this country.
She said citizens have questioned why the UNC did not reach out to the observers but established protocol bars the Opposition party from inviting election observers as the request has to come from Government.
“I am very worried. I do not think it is by chance. I do not think it is by accident. I believe it is deliberate on their part not to have the observers here.”
Persad-Bissessar made a rallying call to all supporters to be vigilant to ensure the general election is above board beginning with voting for special electors.
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