Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Barry Padarath (left) speaks with incumbent UNC Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP. (Image courtesy MP Barry Padarath, Facebook)

Reports that the Police Service shut down a UNC meeting in Barrackpore last night—which featured the party’s political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP—are unfounded and untrue, according to party officials.

They say the police did not shut down the meeting, as is being speculated in social media.

The facts of the situation were clarified by a statement issued by Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Barry Padarath.

According to the statement released by MP Padarath, all the police officers who were on patrol actually did was remind organisers about observing the COVID-19 Regulations, and encouraging party supporters to practise the prescribed health and safety measures.

The full text of the statement, follows…

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MP BARRY PADARATH ON THE UNC MEETING IN BARRACKPORE

Tonight, the Star Team led by the Honourable Kamla Persad- Bissessar attended cottage meetings in the constituencies of Naparima, Moruga/Tableland and Princes Town. These meetings were organized in such a way so as to ensure compliance with all COVID-19 regulations and protocols and therefore, only a handful of party activists were invited at each venue. This has been the practice over the past few weeks in keeping with the Public Health Regulations and it has worked well.

However, as the date for the UNC internal election draws nearer, the enthusiasm of supporters has obviously intensified and upon hearing of Mrs Persad-Bissessar’s presence in one district, several residents attempted to make their way to the venue to meet and greet the Leader and pledge their support.

Officers on patrol in that district reminded the organizers of one of the meetings that they must ensure that compliance with COVID protocols are met. Mrs Persad-Bissessar and our Team thank the Police for their timely and useful assistance as well as their professionalism.

Whilst she is overwhelmed by the show of support, our Leader and Team remind all party members to act responsibly for the remainder of the campaign and during Sunday’s election process, to ensure the health and safety of all our members and the national community at large.