Successful United National Congress (UNC) candidates Khadijah Ameen, left, speaks with colleagues Anita Haynes public relations officer for the UNC and incumbent Member of Parliament for Princes Town Barry Padarath, during a media conference at the UNC South Regional Office at M. Rampersad building in San Fernando, on Tuesday afternoon. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP 


The United National Congress (UNC) is claiming there were discrepancies in the August 10 general election in the absence of election observers.

The party is also not blaming its political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the election outcome and all 18 elected UNCs MPs are standing in full support of their leader.

There is no question of Persad-Bissessar, a former Prime Minister, stepping down at this time as the party's internal election for political leader is set for 2021.

Speaking at a news conference at D Rampersad building in San Fernando on Tuesday, UNC Public Relations Officer Anita Haynes said the UNC requested recounts in five constituencies: San Fernando West, Toco/Sangre Grande, La Horquetta/Talparo, St Joseph and Tunapuna.

Haynes, who is the newly elected MP for Tabaquite said the party recorded discrepancies in all 39 constituencies but requested recounts in these five seats because of the slim gap in winnings.

She said a letter will be sent to the EBC and thereafter will be shared with the media.

Haynes said the party will take its next course of action after the recounts take place.

She said the recount will take place for St Joseph and San Fernando West at 3 p.m. today.

The others will take place tomorrow.

Haynes said the party also noted a video circulating where incumbent San Fernando West MP Faris Al Rawi was seen at an EBC office on election day and will also raise it in its letter to the EBC.

She reiterated that the UNC had called for election observers from the time thev election date was announced.

Haynes said further that it was "premature " that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley could declare an election victory early when results were still coming in from polling divisions.

She also noted that the long hours to vote at some polling stations caused issues in particular in Gulf View.

Will election petitions be filed?

Haynes said the party will decide whether its going to court or not when the recounts are completed.


AFTER overwhelming public complaints over its Covid-19 vaccine appointment system, the Ministry of Health has admitted to “teething” problems in its national roll-out.

As a result, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday promised improved service in the coming weeks.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who had a CT scan to assess his lung function on Wednesday evening at the Scarborough General Hospital, said he spent seven minutes at the hospital before returning to the PM’s official residence at Blenheim in Tobago.

Tobago is facing challenges in administering its allocation of 3,000 Covid-19 vaccines, as some people are fearful to receive the shot, the Tobago Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development has said.

The division is now urging Toba­gonians to put their fears aside and get vaccinated, and has opened the vaccination process to the public.

In a statement yesterday, the division said since the process began on Tuesday, some 2,200 people have registered to receive the vaccines, but the division has only inoculated about 150 people per day at its three vaccination sites.