Barry Padarath


Princes Town MP Barry Padarath says he will be home in time for the general elections.

This, as United National Congress (UNC) officials confirmed that Padarath was selected as the candidate for Princes Town in the August 10 general elections.

Padarath was screened virtually by the party's screening committee last week, as he is in Miami.

The Express contacted Padarath who said he was not yet aware that a candidate had been selected for Princes Town.

He said, “I am not aware that the Party has indicated officially who its standard bearer would be for Princes Town. Therefore I await an announcement.”

Padarath boarded a flight hours before the Trinidad and Tobago government closed its borders on March 22, to curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

Padarath said he wanted to be with his one-year-old daughter, Sejal Lara Padarath, a citizen of the United States.

His application for an exemption was granted by National Security Minister Stuart Young, and Padarath has booked a flight to return home next week.

He said, “I have a booking on a chartered flight out of Miami this week that applied to bring in a group of nationals including myself.”

Padarath said the charter company, which had advertised flight from Miami to Trinidad, contacted him for a booking.

“I booked a seat on the flight with my daughter. They advised that other Trinidadians were booked on the same flight,” he said.

Padarath has since dismissed allegations that he was being investigated by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and denied claims that his accounts had been flagged.

He also dismissed reports that he was involved in a heated exchange with UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar over the pending investigations into his finances.


With just one week to the August 10 general election, the People’s National Movement (PNM) is ahead in the race by five per cent, according to the latest pre-election poll ­conducted by Solution by Simulation (SBS), led by pollster Nigel Henry.

IS Barry Padarath in or out?

The People’s National Movement (PNM) is considering mounting a legal challenge to the candidacy of Barry Padarath, the United National Congress (UNC) Princes Town candidate for the 2020 general election.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday expressed satisfaction with the findings of the pre-election 2020 poll conducted by Nigel Henry which showed the People’s National Movement (PNM) five per cent ahead of its main rival, the United National Congress (UNC).

Covid-19 has caused a massive shift in what’s uppermost in the minds of citizens, with the pandemic now trumping crime as the major worry.

“Concern over the coronavirus pandemic has overtaken concern over crime, which had previously polled as the most pressing national issue for almost a decade.

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her “minions” in the United National Congress (UNC) have now “stepped over the line” by attacking the father and brother of National Security Minister Stuart Young.

Young said so yesterday at a news conference at the Ministry of National Security in Port of Spain.

AS the number of Covid-19 cases continues to climb daily in Trinidad and Tobago, a staff member and a child at the St Jude’s School for Girls have tested positive for the virus, while the Montrose Government Primary School has been ordered closed after a pupil was exposed to a contact of a Covid-19 case.