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T&T | Rowley Victorious, PNM 22, UNC 19 seats, Kamla not conceding

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown - Wiredja.com
  • Published in Politics
Featured Dr. Keith Rowley declards victory at Balister House on Monday night. Dr. Keith Rowley declards victory at Balister House on Monday night.
PORT-OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – August 11, 2020 - The analysts were correct. It was indeed a tight race, but by the end of election night, the ruling Peoples National Movement and its leader Dr. Keith Rowley had prevailed over Kamla Persad Bissessar’s UNC by 22 seats to 19. She however, has not conceded defeat.

The Baliser house on Victoria Avenue quickly turned into a sea of red as supporters danced and sang in the streets in praise of the PNM as they got word  that their party, the PNM was winning the elections.

Shortly before 11pm, Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley declared that the People's National Movement (PNM) has officially won the General Election 2020.

In an announcement made outside the Baliser House Rowley said the party had won 22 of the 41 seats, down from 23 in the 2015 general election, "against all odds." The United National Congress had won 19 seats.

A victorious Rowley said "So far as the results are in there are one or two areas that need to be tided up but it appears as though we went in with 23 seats and we would come out with 22. A majority is 21. Thank you. Thank you for that support."

Rowley was joined by his wife Sharon, Stuart Young, Fitzgerald Hinds and other PNM members, as he told his jubilant supporters "Given the course that we have travelled, given the obstacles that we've had to overcome from 2015 to 2020, I tonight want to say that this result, confirms my faith in the people of Trinidad and Tobago."

TT Election map
Map courtesy of Guardian Media

Rowley said the win had not been an easy task nor an easy win, but the party stayed the course, adding that the people of TT can be trusted to do the right thing when called upon so to do.

He thanked his wife Sharon for keeping his spirit up and also thanked his party officers and party campaign manager Rohan Sinanan.

In the meantime, UNC Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says she has not conceded defeat. She says her party will seek recounts in three marginal seats. While she has not indicated the seats in question, its understood that tthey are St Joseph, San Fernando West and La Horquetta/Talparo.

Speaking to supporters at her Siparia constituency office, Kamla said "Tonight I am not giving any concessionary speech. I am not conceding. Our candidates in several of the marginals are in the process of filing for recounts, because the numbers are so close the recounts can be done. Only then can we concede or claim victory. So that's the way forward for us.

She congratulated Barry Padarath and Michelle Benjamin for winning the Princes Town and Moruga/Tableland seats respectively.

She said she was somewhat surprised by the results, but the night was not over until the recounts were done.

"I think our party did very well. We could have done better. As I say we fought a good fight, we fought a clean fight. We did very well. And as I say, it's not over until it's over."

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Last modified onTuesday, 11 August 2020 09:47
  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago