Trinidad and Tobago holds general elections
Port of Spain, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) With calm and a good influx of voters, the elections to elect a new parliament began on Monday in Trinidad and Tobago, amid the conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The polls opened at 06:00 (local time) and the first reports indicate the use of facemasks by most of people in the polling stations.
Some 146 candidates representing 19 political parties and four independent ones are participating in the elections, with the greatest possibilities for the ruling People's National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC).
PNM, led by current head of government Keith Rowley, won the 2015 elections with 52% of votes and controls 23 parliamentary seats.
UNC, led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar, won 17 seats. The remaining seat remained in the Congress of the People.
About 1,134,000 citizens must cast their ballots in some 2,200 polling stations established in the 41 electoral districts in Trinidad and Tobago.
International observers declined to participate in the elections after authorities imposed a compulsory 14-day quarantine upon arriving in the country for possible observers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the pandemic was detected, the country has reported 275 cases, eight deaths and 128 recoveries.
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