*Trinidad and Tobago General Elections 2015*

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Commonwealth to observe Trinidad and Tobago elections

27 August 2015

Sir Paul Tovua, chair of the Solomon Islands Political Parties Commission, will lead a Commonwealth Observer Group to Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 7 September 2015.

The six-member team of observers was constituted by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at the invitation of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Trinidad and Tobago is a committed and valued member of the Commonwealth, and we are pleased to deploy observers for these important elections,” Mr Sharma said.

The Secretary-General added: “Free and fair elections lie at the very heart of inclusive and responsive democratic governance, and the presence of our observers is an expression of the enduring Commonwealth partnership with the people of Trinidad and Tobago as they exercise their right to choose their leaders and shape the future of their country”.

Commonwealth observers will assess the various factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole. They will consider the pre-electoral environment, the voting process, counting and tabulation procedures and the announcement of results.

The group is independent and will determine in its own judgement whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards to which Trinidad and Tobago has committed itself, with reference to its own election-related legislation as well as relevant regional, Commonwealth and international commitments.

Observers will act impartially and will adhere to the standards of the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory.

The Group will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will send it to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Election and Boundaries Commission, political parties and all Commonwealth governments. It will then be made public.

The Commonwealth Observer Group will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on 31 August 2015, and will be supported by a four-member staff team from the Commonwealth Secretariat, led by Ms Yvonne Apea Mensah, Head of Africa Section in the Political Division.

The Commonwealth Observer Group members are:

Chair: Sir Paul Tovua
Former Speaker of Parliament
Chairman, Political Parties Commission
Solomon Islands

Mr Alfred Sears QC
Barrister & Former Attorney General of The Bahamas
The Bahamas

Ms Taleya Rehman
Executive Director, Democracy Watch
Bangladesh

Mr Aaron Hape
Executive Director, Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
New Zealand

Ms Clare Keizer
Editor-in-Chief, Searchlight
St Vincent and the Grenadines

Mr Mawethu Mosery
Electoral Officer
South Africa

- See more at: Commonwealth to observe Trinidad and Tobago elections | The Commonwealth
 

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Commonwealth to observe Trinidad and Tobago elections

27 August 2015

Sir Paul Tovua, chair of the Solomon Islands Political Parties Commission, will lead a Commonwealth Observer Group to Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 7 September 2015.

The six-member team of observers was constituted by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at the invitation of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Trinidad and Tobago is a committed and valued member of the Commonwealth, and we are pleased to deploy observers for these important elections,” Mr Sharma said.

The Secretary-General added: “Free and fair elections lie at the very heart of inclusive and responsive democratic governance, and the presence of our observers is an expression of the enduring Commonwealth partnership with the people of Trinidad and Tobago as they exercise their right to choose their leaders and shape the future of their country”.

Commonwealth observers will assess the various factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole. They will consider the pre-electoral environment, the voting process, counting and tabulation procedures and the announcement of results.

The group is independent and will determine in its own judgement whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards to which Trinidad and Tobago has committed itself, with reference to its own election-related legislation as well as relevant regional, Commonwealth and international commitments.

Observers will act impartially and will adhere to the standards of the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory.

The Group will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will send it to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Election and Boundaries Commission, political parties and all Commonwealth governments. It will then be made public.

The Commonwealth Observer Group will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on 31 August 2015, and will be supported by a four-member staff team from the Commonwealth Secretariat, led by Ms Yvonne Apea Mensah, Head of Africa Section in the Political Division.

The Commonwealth Observer Group members are:

Chair: Sir Paul Tovua
Former Speaker of Parliament
Chairman, Political Parties Commission
Solomon Islands

Mr Alfred Sears QC
Barrister & Former Attorney General of The Bahamas
The Bahamas

Ms Taleya Rehman
Executive Director, Democracy Watch
Bangladesh

Mr Aaron Hape
Executive Director, Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
New Zealand

Ms Clare Keizer
Editor-in-Chief, Searchlight
St Vincent and the Grenadines

Mr Mawethu Mosery
Electoral Officer
South Africa

- See more at: Commonwealth to observe Trinidad and Tobago elections | The Commonwealth
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The Commonwealth Observers will be observing the voting in San Fernando, Mayaro, Port of Spain and Tobago. Addressing a Press Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel the six-member team of Commonwealth Observers said they will be assessing the entire electoral process including the pre-electoral environment, the voting process, counting and tabulation procedures and the announcement of results on polling day. The group will then submit a report on September 11th to the EBC, the leadership of the political parties and all Commonwealth parties.
 

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Less than a week to go before polling day, the prime minister takes her campaign for re-election to TOBAGO .

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PNM wins 2015 General Election


The Dr. Keith Rowley led People's National Movement captured 23 of the 41 constituencies to be declared winner of the 2015 General Election. The PNM improves on their 2010 showing where they won 12 seats to form the opposition.

The People's Partnership who had 29 of the 41 seats and formed the government over the past five years won 18 seats and will now be on the opposition bench.

The Independent Liberal Party led by Jack Warner did not make an impression with the voting public and failed to capture a single seat.
 

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Outgoing PM Kamla Persad Bisessar concession speech

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Full list of Members of Parliament




Full list of Members of Parliament | Loop News Trinidad and Tobago


ARIMA Anthony Garcia
AROUCA/MALONEY Camille Robinson-Regis
BARATARIA/SAN JUAN Fuad Khan
CARONI CENTRAL Bhoe Tewarie
CARONI EAST Tim Gopeesingh
CHAGUANAS EAST Fazal Karim
CHAGUANAS WEST Ganga Singh
COUVA NORTH Ramona Ramdial
COUVA SOUTH Rudranath Indarsingh
CUMUTO/MANZANILLA Christine Newallo-Hosein
D'ABADIE/O'MEARA Ancil Antoine
DIEGO MARTIN CENTRAL Darryl Smith
DIEGO MARTIN NORTH/EAST Colm Imbert
DIEGO MARTIN WEST Keith Rowley
FYZABAD Lackram Bodoe
LA BREA Nicole Olliviere
LA HORQUETTA/ TALPARO Maxie Cuffie
LAVENTILLE EAST/ MORVANT Adrian Leonce
LAVENTILLE WEST Fitzgerald Hinds
LOPINOT/BON AIR WEST Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn
MAYARO Rushton Paray
MORUGA/TABLELAND Lovell Francis
NAPARIMA Rodney Charles
OROPOUCHE EAST Roodal Moonilal
OROPOUCHE WEST Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh
POINT FORTIN Edmund Dillion
POINTE-A-PIERRE David Lee
PORT-OF-SPAIN NORTH/ ST.ANNS WEST Stuart Young
PORT-OF-SPAIN SOUTH Marlene McDonald
PRINCES TOWN Barry Padarath
SAN FERNANDO EAST Randall Mitchell
SAN FERNANDO WEST Faris Al-Rawi
SIPARIA Kamla Persad-Bissessar
ST ANNS EAST Nyan Gadbsy-Dolly
ST AUGUSTINE Prakash Ramadhar (COP)
ST JOSEPH Terrence Deyalsingh
TABAQUITE Surujrattan Rambachan
TOBAGO EAST Ayanna Webster Roy
TOBAGO WEST Shamfa Cudjoe
TOCO/ SANGRE GRANDE Glenda Jennings-Smith
TUNAPUNA Esmond Forde
 

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Incoming PM Dr Keith Rowley victory speech

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Its now official that PNM in addition to winning the T&T 2015 general elections also won the popular vote.

PNM= 334,016.

UNC= 310,370.

This probably means that PNM voters in the PNM strongholds came out and voted in much higher numbers than usual.

Normally PNM stronghold voters average around a 50% turnout while UNC stronghold voters average a 75% turnout but I suspect that for these 2015 elections the PNM stronghold voters averaged at least a 70% turnout meaning that finally young Black people in PNM stronghold areas like Laventille came out in high numbers to vote.

See details below.


 

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so only 600K people vote in the election?? wah happen most trinis overseas?
There was actually a 66.84% turnout for the 2015 elections in T&T.

734,792 people voted from a registered electorate of approx. 1.1 miliion who are living in T&T and eligible to vote. See link: Data | Elections And Boundaries Commission

T&T's current population is nearer to 1.5 million but at the last official count in 2010 they listed our population was approx. 1.3 million.

I think there are at least 1 million Trinis living overseas so if foreign-based Trinis were allowed to vote at their local Embassies for general elections they would have a serious influence on the outcome.

Below is summary of official figures released a few days ago for the T&T General Elections 2015.

Based on the EBC official figures, PNM won both the majority of seats in the elections and also the popular vote.

Total electorate = 1,099,279

Total Votes cast = 734,792

Voter turnout = 66.84%

PNM = 378,447 votes

PNM won 51.68% of the total votes

PP (UNC+COP+NJAC+TOP) = 341,537 votes

PP (UNC+COP+NJAC+TOP) won 46.65 % of the total votes

UNC = 290,066 votes

UNC won 39.61 % of the total votes

COP = 43,911 votes

COP won 6.01 % of the total votes

ILP = 5,123 votes

ILP won 0.70% of the total votes

Other Parties won 2.37% of the total votes

PNM = 23 Seats

PP (UNC=17 + COP=1 + NJAC=0 + TOP=0) = 18 Seats


Confirmation link: Data | Elections And Boundaries Commission
 

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New ministers sworn in
By Rachael Espinet (T&T Guardian)
Published: Friday, September 11, 2015


Prime Minisiter Dr Keith Rowley delivering his speech at the oath taking of the new Government Cabinet. Photo: Khamal Georges

Twenty-one new Government Ministers and one Parliament Secretary were sworn into office this morning as the new Cabinet for People’s National Movement administration.

Out of these 22 appointments, there were six Senatorial appointments.

The swearing in ceremony for the new Cabinet took place at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s before President Anthony Carmona.

Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley said he is taking personal responsibility for the new Cabinet.

“We are here to serve all the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and as Prime Minister of this country, I intend to hold every single one of them to the oath of office,” Rowley said.

Rowley noted that a number of the people he appointed to the Cabinet reinforces his commitments to give young people a prominent place in the Government.

“We have put the affairs of the state in the hands of the young people of Trinidad and Tobago," he said.

Rowley then called on citizens to adopt a spirit of volunteerism where people willingly give back to the country.

“I want to appeal to the nation to bring back a sense of volunteerism...Not everything you do should carry a pay cheque. Let us get rid of the gimme gimme attitude. Let us be confident that what we have done in the dark can be defended in the light,” Rowley said.

On Wednesday, Rowley, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and Minister of National Security retired Major General Edmund Dillon were sworn into office. The Cabinet will comprise of 23 members.

Other successful candidates, Glenda Jennings-Smith, Esmond Forde, Adrian Leonce and Dr Lovell Francis did not get any Cabinet positions.

The following is a list of the new government Cabinet:

1. Senator Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture and Land Resources


2. MP Stuart Young, Minister in the Office of Attorney General and Legal Affairs


3. MP Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Communications


4. MP Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community, Culture and the Arts


5. MP Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education


6. MP Nicole Olivierre, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs


7. MP Colm Imbert, Minister of Finance
 

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8. Senator Dennis Moses, Minister of Caricom and Foreign Affairs


9. MP Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health


10. MP Marlene McDonald, Minister of Housing and Urban Development


11. Senator Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minster of Labour and Small Enterprises Development


12. MP Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development


13. MP Randall Mitchell, Minister of Public Administration


14. MP Ancil Antoine, Minister of Public Utilities


15. Senator Franklin Khan, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government


16. MP Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, Minister of Social Development and Family Services
 

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17. MP Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs


18. MP Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism


19. Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry


20. MP Fitzgerald Hinds, Minister of Works and Transport


21. MP Ayanna Webster Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister


22. Senator Avinash Singh, Parliament Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture
 
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