The United National Congress (UNC) is pulling a People’s National Movement (PNM) strategy for the local government election.
The UNC is busily screening candidates for the 14 municipalities in the LG polls, which could be held as late as January 21.
In this process, the party is way ahead of the PNM, which has not yet begun its formal process of securing candidates for the election.
For the September 2015 general election, however, the PNM launched several candidates long before polling day, permitting the announced contestants to begin early canvassing.
This strategy worked in certain seats, such as St. Joseph, but not in other constituencies, such as Mayaro.
The UNC, now in opposition, is moving to begin early campaigning.
Screenings began last week and are due to be completed within the next few days.
The 2013 local government polls were held on October 21, but the government has the luxury of another three months within which to schedule the election.
The PNM won 85 seats, the UNC 44, Independent Liberal Party three and Congress of the People four seats in the 2013 election.
The PNM received 188,393 votes, to 154,842 for UNC, 102,918 for ILP and 32,496 for COP.
The 43.2 percent voter turnout was the highest ever at a local government poll.
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election is also due in January, and there is speculation that it would be scheduled on the same day at the local government polls.