Chairpersons of the parties in the ruling People’s Partnership coalition are starting negotiations on the allocation of seats for the local government elections and other issues relating to the election.
On Monday Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that the groups within the partnership would contest the elections as they did in 2010."We know that this is your desire and I am committed to fulfilling your dream for unity. Your duty is to obliterate the PNM. I have already told you what would happen if they were to gain power!" she told supporters.
In 2010 the partnership won control of 11 of the 14 regional corporations. Persad-Bissessar said she is hoping for a repeat of that and also working to win the others.
The chair of the Congress of the People (COP) Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan told local media Friday seat allocation is among issues to be discussed. She said the COP had already started preparing for the election. The UNC and the PNM are also in the process of screening candidates in preparation for the election.
The term for elected representatives expires on July 26 and the Prime Minister has promised that the election would be held within 90 days of that as required by the constitution. That means the election would be held no later than October 25, 2013.