PNM members led by party chairman Colm Imbert met with officials of the Elections and Boundaries Commission yesterday to discuss its ability to conduct the 2020 General Elections amidst COVID-19 regulations.
The following is a press release from the PNM:
Yesterday morning, a delegation from the People’s National Movement led by Party Chairman Hon. Colm Imbert, M.P., met with Commissioners of the Elections and Boundaries Commission and with its Chief Election Officer, to discuss matters pertaining to the imminent 2020 General Election and other matters. This meeting, facilitated by the EBC, came at the request of the PNM, as the party continues to ensure that the highest standards are adhered to in the exercise of democracy in Trinidad and Tobago.
The PNM, cognizant of the prevailing circumstances surrounding the complexities that arise from the global pandemic, sought to engage the EBC with regards to its ability to undertake a General Election amidst the requirements of the COVID-19 Regulations. The EBC assured the delegation that consultation with the relevant stakeholders was ongoing, and that all steps would be taken to ensure that the necessary protocols are in place to protect voters, poll day staff and members of the protective services who would be on duty.
Concerns regarding Polling Stations’ locations and suitability were raised, and assurances were given that those matters were being attended to. Noting that with elections, challenges may arise, the EBC confirmed that training for polling day staff continues, and that necessary communication channels will be activated on the day of the election.
The PNM is satisfied that the EBC is taking decisive action to ensure smooth facilitation of the voting process, whilst complying with the Regulations. The PNM requested that a follow up meeting with the EBC be held before the election is held, and that request was agreed to.
The PNM continues to have confidence in the independence of the EBC, and in its ability to conduct free and fair elections in Trinidad and Tobago.