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T&T's COP to elect new leader

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 11:07 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Members of the small opposition party, the Congress of the People (COP), will elect a new political leader next month.

The election originally scheduled to be held earlier this year, was postponed on two occasions over the validity of a candidate.

The election will now be held on November 19, and according to COP chairman Jameson Bahadur, the party is now ready to move forward and present itself as the alternative to the People’s National Movement and United National Congress.

The election, that should have been held on July 9, then August 20, was post-poned as the validity of the candidacy of Nicole Dyer-Griffith, was challenged in the court.

Dyer-Griffith was running against Dr Sharon Gopaul-McNicol and Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan for the top post. However, Dyer-Griffith eventually lost her bid to contest the election after her candidacy was deemed invalid.

On Thursday, Bahadur said the party had selected a five-member election committee to oversee the upcoming election.

He told the Trinidad Guardian that nominations will get underway.

“We are opening up the nominations again because of the Griffith issue…we are starting afresh. We are going ahead, they will have a new deadline to file their papers. We had the last hearing in court and the case is done. We have no worry about people suing us or anything like that.”

Bahadur said he expected the new period for submission of nominations to last 10 working days from Sunday.

“We have to get this party moving forward in the event that there will be a general election next year. We are the alternative.”

Bahadur told the Guardian that he strongly believes that a general election was on the horizon.

The COP’s national executive elections will be held in December.