Thursday, February 14, 2013

All set for presidential election on Friday

Justice Carmona, his wife Reema and two children
All is set for Friday's presidential election with no challenger to Justice Anthony Carmona.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told local media Wednesday she is satisfied with him as the choice for Trinidad and Tobago's next President and also noted that there are no longer concerns about Carmona's eligibility for the post of President.

The election is scheduled to take place at 2:00 with members of both houses of Parliament meeting to cast secret ballots. However, since there is only one candidate, it is expected that Speaker Wade Mark will declare Carmona the country's fifth President, succeeding George Maxwell Richards.

The Prime Minister said, "I see no difficulty on Friday. It's a very important appointment and we are very satisfied with the legal opinions."

The opposition had raised a question of whether Carmona satisfied the constitutional requirement of having been an "ordinarily resident" of Trinidad and Tobago 10 years immediately preceding his nomination. He served overseas from 2001 to 2004 as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions of two UN International tribunals.

However, the government stated that it received the opinions of three distinguished attorneys who confirmed independently that Carmona satisfied the constitutional criterion to be President.

Opposition members have said they have no intention of challenging the nomination.

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Jai & Sero

Jai & Sero

Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
Amit, Heather, Fuzz, Aj, Jiv, Shiva, Rampa, Sero, Jai