UNC to name Mayaro candidates

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The United National Congress (UNC) will on Monday announce its first batch of candidates for the local government election.

Candidates will be presented for Mayaro-Rio Claro Regional Corporation, which UNC controls.

The presentation is scheduled to take place at a Monday Night Forum of the UNC, to be held at Rio Claro.

The UNC won four seats to the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) two in the October 2013 polls.

The corporation is chaired by Hazarie Ramdeen, a veteran councillor.

The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) contested all six seats in the 2013 election.

This is the first roll-out of candidates by the UNC, which won a total of 46 seats in the previous poll.

The PNM, which achieved victory in 84 constituencies, has begun unveiling some candidates.

The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) has announced plans to contest the Arima Brough Corporation and other municipalities.

MSJ contested 16 seats in 2013 and did not secure any victory.

There is no indication yet whether ILP will take part in the election.

The party fought 130 seats and won three in 2013.

Congress of the People (COP) is currently in the process of screening candidates.

The party contested 52 seats and won three in 2013.

A total of 429 candidates fought the previous election; 76 lost their deposits.

Of the total electorate, 452,031, or 43.6 per cent, cast their votes.

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