2019 Trinidadian local elections

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2019 Trinidadian local elections

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All 14 Municipal Corporation Electoral Areas
Opinion polls
  KeithRowley.jpg Kamla Persad-Bissesar 2013.jpg
Leader Keith Rowley Kamla Persad-Bissesar
Party PNM UNC
Leader since 26 May 2010 24 January 2010
Last election 83 councillors
8 municipal corporations
54 councillors
6 municipal corporations
Popular vote 161,962 (43.48%) 202,584 (54.38%)
Swing Decrease 4.76% Increase 4.48%
Municipal Corporations 7 7
Municipal Corporations +/– Decrease 1 Increase 1
Councillors 74 65
Councillors +/– Decrease9 Increase9

Regional corporations and municipalities of Trinidad and Tobago.svg
Map showing areas of Trinidad which will hold an election in 2019, as well as the island of Tobago.

Local elections in Trinidad and Tobago are scheduled to be held on 2 December 2019,[1] contesting 139 electoral districts across Trinidad's 14 municipal corporation electoral areas.[2][3][4]

With the exception of those areas that have had boundary changes, the seats up for election were last contested in the 2016 local elections.

Seats held prior to the election[edit]

The major political parties are effectively defending the following numbers of electoral districts from municipal corporations on election day:

These numbers are how many seats each party won at the previous election, in 2016, rather than which party held the seat on the eve of the election.

Eligibility to vote[edit]

All registered electors (Trinidadians and Tobagonians, Commonwealth and Non-Commonwealth citizens) who will be aged 18 or over, resided legally in Trinidad and Tobago and have resided in an electoral district/constituency for a least two months prior to the election date are entitled to vote in the local elections.[5]

Parties and candidates[edit]

Political parties registered with the Elections and Boundaries Commission can contest the local elections. The following registered parties are contesting the local elections:

Party Founded Ideology Leader(s) Leader since Last election Current
municipal corporations
Current
electoral districts
Notes
% party vote Municipal Corporations Electoral districts
PNM 1955 Liberalism, nationalism Keith Rowley May 2010 48.24 8 83 8 84
UNC 1989 Democratic socialism, social democracy Kamla Persad-Bissessar January 2010 49.90 6 54 6 53
COP 2006 Reformism Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan November 2017 0.50
Movement for Social Justice 2010 David Abdulah January 2012 0.22
Port of Spain People's Movement 2019 Localism Louis Lee Sing October 2019
Movement for National Development 2019 (refounded) Diego Martin regionalism Garvin Nicholas September 2019
National Transformation Party 1995

Opinion polls[edit]

The North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) commissioned opinion polling for the next general election regularly sampling the electorates' opinions.

Municipal Corporation projections[edit]

Date(s)
conducted
Pollster Sample
size
PNM UNC Other
02 December 2019 Local Election results[6] 7 7 0
29 November 2019 NACTA 7 (+2) 5 (+2) 0
21 November 2019 NACTA 8 (+3) 3 (+3) 0
11 April 2019 NACTA 7 (+3) 5 (+3) 0
28 November 2016 2016 election 8 6 0

Municipal corporation electoral area results[edit]

Elections were conducted under the first-past-the-post system.

Municipal Corporation Seats Turnout Previous control Result
Arima 7 PNM (7) PNM (7)
Chaguanas 8 UNC (5) UNC (7)
Couva–Tabaquite–Talparo 14 UNC (14) UNC (14)
Diego Martin 10 PNM (10) PNM (10)
Mayaro–Rio Claro 6 UNC (4) UNC (5)
Penal–Debe 10 UNC (9) UNC (10)
Point Fortin 6 PNM (6) PNM (6)
Port of Spain 12 PNM (12) PNM (12)
Princes Town 10 UNC (9) UNC (10)
San Fernando 9 PNM (9) PNM (6)
Sangre Grande 8 PNM (4) UNC (5)
San Juan–Laventille 14 PNM (11) PNM (13)
Siparia 9 UNC (5) UNC (6)
Tunapuna–Piarco 16 PNM (12) PNM (11)
All fourteen municipal corporations 139 34.49% PNM (83) PNM (74)
Source:

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/december-2-local-government-elections-6.2.959074.5e638c0aa6 PM reveals December 2 local gov't election date: Kamla ready to "meet and beat the PNM"]
  2. ^ "Whither local government reform?". trinidadexpress.com.
  3. ^ "The PNM owed million$ to the bank, says Rowley". trinidadexpress.com.
  4. ^ "'My team will lead TT into the future'". newsday.co.tt.
  5. ^ "Who is eligible to vote?". ttconnect.gov.tt.
  6. ^ "PNM claims victory by virtue of winning more seats". www.guardian.co.tt. Retrieved 3 December 2019.

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