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Friday, August 18 2017 @ 06:10 PM AST

Trinidad local government elections results

The majority of the next cadre of mayors and chairmen of Trinidad's regional corporations will be of the opposition People's National Movement. The PNM took most of the regional corporations including:

- Port of Spain

- San Fernando

- Diego Martin

- Sangre Grande

- San Juan/Laventille

- Tunapuna

- Point Fortin

- Arima and

- RioClaro/Mayaro.

The ruling party, the United National Congress (UNC) took:

- Couva

- Princes Town

- Siparia

- Chaguanas; and

- Penal

Chaguanas almost went to the ILP. The voter turnout rate was between 26% and 27% of the 1 million plus registered voters. The PNM's cumulative votes were estimated at over 120,000, the UNC at over 84,000 and the ILP at over 60,000.

At about 10:55 pm, opposition leader, the PNM's Dr Keith Rowley, from Balisier House in Port of Spain, claimed victory saying the electorate had "rejected" the ruling party.

At about 11:30 pm, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, arrived at Rienzi Complex. She approached the podium and addressed her supporters telling them "God has been good to us." She added that God doesn't sleep and that He wears pajamas. A gracious loser in the past, saying "the voice of the people is the voice of God," this time, the Prime Minister told supporters, after corporations in its control dwindled from 11 to 5, she described what occurred at the polls, according to an Express report, as the "people's victory."

OLD STORY

After residents of Trinidad spent most of today going to the polls to elect local government representatives, who will become the next mayors and councillors of the country's 14 regional corporations, only the results are now awaited.

The national government coalition party, the People's Partnership; a break away Jack Warner-led faction, the Independent Liberal Party; and the largest opposition party, the People's National Movement are all contesting the election. Polls published in the local daily newspapers had said there was a three way split in voter support.

Jack Warner is a former FIFA vice president and, prior to his secession from the People's Partnership, was the minister of national security.

In his September 9 budget speech, Finance Minister Larry Howai had said the regional corporations implemented 969 projects in fiscal 2013, including the paving of local roads.

Results began trickling in around 8 pm. Most nationals were viewing the live commentary and analysis on television. That notwithstanding, Breaking News is bringing live results to the international community here.

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