Nominations for People’s National Movement San Fernando East constituency closes today but many party loyalists are sad that the tenure of T&T’s longest serving MP, Patrick Manning, would final
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Decisions made while going down precipitous path
T&T’s electoral or constitutional reform, whichever way one may view it, took a quantum and inexorable step forward following Monday’s marathon sitting of the House of Representatives, which ended the following morning. I spent the entire session being a ringside spectator, glued to my television, alternating by tuning into the radio, to this once-in-a-lifetime experience as our nation’s political leaders slugged it out in an exercise which pitted the two major parties against each other.
Despite the much touted strategy by the opposition that the measures debated and passed by the Kamla Persad-Bissessar People’s Partnership administration were aimed at silencing “third” parties, the Independent Liberal Party was most present through its leader, Jack Warner, who was once a favourite head honcho at the PP’s inner chamber.
It was a most exciting debate at times as one could expect, raucous, lively, humorous, light-hearted: but underlining all these highs and lows, a hallmark of legislative debates around the globe, what transpired was a relatively smooth transition from an entrenched political system and the ushering in of a new order.