UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

The United National Congress (UNC) won the popular vote with 54.38 per cent of the total votes cast in Monday’s Local Government Elections.

Preliminary results released by the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC) stated that there was a 34.49 per cent voter turnout, with an electorate of 1,079,976.

The total votes cast were 372,503 in the 139 electoral districts in Trinidad.

The release stated that the UNC received 202,584 votes.

The People’s National Movement (PNM) won 161,962 votes or 43.48 per cent of the total votes.

The UNC and PNM gained control of seven regional corporations each.

The breakdown of votes by political party is as follows:

- COP: 972 (0.26%)

- MND: 404 (0.11%)

- MSJ: 2,635 (0.71%)

- NTP: 11 (0.003%)

- PNM: 161,962 (43.48%)

- PPM: 1,314 (0.35%)

- UNC: 202,584 (54.38%)


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Machel Montano kissed his bride Renee Butcher in front of thousands of screaming fans after the two had a second wedding ceremony at his Machel Monday concert at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

The couple, who officially married on Valentine’s Day last Friday at the newly refurbished Red House in Port of Spain, staged an artistic re-reading of vows at the final and tenth edition of the famous concert series, aptly entitled “The Wedding”.

Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Clive Dottin was the officiant at the elaborate all-white ceremony designed by legendary masman Peter Minshall.

Supernovas will be the first band performing at Saturday’s Large Bands final of the National Panorama Championships at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

The band is playing an Amrit Samaroo arrangement of “Dear Promoter” recorded by Kees Dieffenthaller and Voice (Aaron St Louis).

The controversial “sea stage” that was being constructed at Maracas Beach has been removed.

The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) confirmed that the structure had been taken down yesterday morning by the promoters of the Karukera One Love Beach Festival.