Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar has written President Paula-Mae Weekes advising her of the six Opposition Senators to be appointed in accordance with section 40 (1) (b) of the Constitution

The six are Mr Wade Mark, Ms Jearlean John, Ms Jayanti Lutchmedial, Mr Damian Lyder, Mr Anil Roberts and Mr David Nakhid.

The following is a press release from the Opposition Leader:

Leader of the Opposition and Political Leader of the United National Congress, Mrs Kamla Persad- Bissessar, SC, has written to Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, advising her of the six (6) Opposition Senators to be appointed, in accordance with section 40 (1) (b) of the Constitution which states:

40.- 1. The Senate shall consist of thirty-one members (in this Constitution referred to as “Senators”) who shall be appointed by the President in accordance with this section. 

b. six shall be appointed by the President acting in accordance with the advice of the Leader of the Opposition

Today, Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar advised the President of the following Senators and issued the following statement:

●        Mr Wade Mark

●        Ms Jearlean John

●        Ms Jayanti Lutchmedial

●        Mr Damian Lyder

●        Mr Anil Roberts

●        Mr David Nakhid

The Opposition in the Senate will be strong, formidable and most importantly they will hold the Government to account at every juncture. 

The Opposition bench in the Senate will continue to defend the Constitution and the rights of all citizens against any attempts to thwart their fundamental freedoms. With the appointment of patriots of such a high caliber to the Opposition Bench, I remain satisfied that the rights of the people will be assiduously defended. 

The new six Opposition Senators appointed will continue to reflect the mandate of the UNC, to bring more people to the decision-making table. I am happy to ensure that qualified citizens are given the opportunity to serve the nation by contributing to good law and holding the Executive to account. 

The UNC remains committed to providing opportunities for young people to lead, as we prepare them for the future.”