It’s a tie! Two parties claim victory in Trinidad’s local government elections

The ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) and the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) each won seven of the 14 electoral districts in Trinidad in Monday’s local government elections (LGE) with both parties indicating that the electorate had sent differing messages.

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While Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley acknowledged that “we are not surprised by the outcome, but we are quite pleased,” Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar said: “The people have spoken”.

In the last LGE, the PNM had controlled eight of the 14 electoral districts, winning seven outright and the eighth by the fact that its member had been elected chairman because both parties had gained the same number of seats.

Both parties had contested the 139 electoral districts across Trinidad’s 14 municipal corporation electoral areas, while the fringe political parties, such as the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) and the recently formed Port of Spain People’s Movement (PPM) headed by former mayor, Louis Lee Sing, failed to make an impression among the voters.