PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sunday June 4, 2015 – Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago will head to the polls in just under three months – Monday, September 7.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the election date in Parliament last Friday.
“We are ready because the vast majority of our promises to the voters of this country have been kept. We are ready today because Trinidad and Tobago is today a more just and safer community than it was five years ago. We are ready to return to the voters, because every social and economic sector of this county is today performing better than it was five years ago,” she said.
“We are ready to return to the people, because the young people in the country are once again confident and optimistic about their future. We are ready to return to the people because our social partners and civil society report that the government is today working and functioning far more effectively and efficiently than was the case five years ago.”
It is expected Parliament will be dissolved on Wednesday.
The ruling People’s Partnership (PP) coalition will be seeking a second consecutive term in office. It currently holds 29 of the 41 seats in the Parliament.
Following the announcement of the election date, business leaders called on all parties to run a clean campaign.
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and said it anticipated the already “vibrant campaigning” to continue but wanted it be clean and for parties to put national interest over partisan concerns.