The two main parties in the People’s Partnership administration — the Congress of the People (COP) and the United National Congress (UNC) — are scheduled to hold their internal elections on November 19 and 26 respectively.
Two people have officially filed nomination forms for the post of COP leader: former party chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan and Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul McNicol. Nicole Dyer Griffith, who signalled her intention to contest, has not filed nomination forms. The nomination deadline was October 23 and the deadline for withdrawal was yesterday.
In a telephone interview on Thursday, COP chairman Jamieson Bahadur said he expected a “smooth and peaceful” election process, because the party had done everything in accordance with the constitution. He said, “Now unless somebody— you know there is always some mischief-maker — I am seeing everything is running smoothly so far.”
Asked whether there had been further legal threats, Bahadur said the High Court injunction against the holding of the election was withdrawn on October 4, and no further legal action initiated.
However, another source in the party told Newsday the substantive High Court matter in which the COP had failed to address issues of membership applications was still pending and will come up for hearing on December 13.
The UNC’s nomination day is November 15.