The Ministry of Education confirmed yesterday that all schools will be closed on Monday, December 2, to facilitate the Local Government election.

The Ministry issued a memorandum to school principals advising of the closure.

The memo also stated: “Principals are requested to attend school early on Tuesday, December 3, to ensure that furniture or equipment have been returned to their proper place of the school which was used as a polling station.”

According to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), the election is set to be contested by 339 candidates in 139 electoral districts.

The EBC stated on Wednesday that the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC) are the only two political parties to have put forward a full slate of candidates.

In addition, the Congress of the People (COP), the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ), Movement for National Development (MND), the Port of Spain People’s Movement (PPM) and the National Transformation Party (NTP) have advanced candidates in some electoral districts.

Also included are eight independent candidates, the EBC said.


PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley dis­­­closed last night that State-owned Pa­ria Fuel Trading Company will have to defend its decision to dis­­continue the fuel supply to local fuel retailer Unipet in court.

PEOPLE who “due to circumstances beyond their control” cannot exchange their $100 bills for the new $100 polymer note within the 14-day period will be given a grace period of three months.

THE Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has launched an investigation into allegations that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith assaulted Cocorite resident Cecil Skeete.

In an interview at his Port of Spain office yesterday, newly appointed PCA Director David West said the matter which was published in an Express investigative report required a “certain urgency”.

A DOUBLE murder in Port of Spain last evening has pushed the toll to 501 for the year so far. Details were not immediately available but the Express was told the incident happened just after 7 p.m.