Story by JANELLE BERNARD
One of the members of the Better United political coalition says while the group will not offer candidates for all 41 electoral seats in the upcoming 2020 General Election, it still hopes to make an impact in the election and the Parliament.
This, from Louis Lee Sing, the leader of the Port of Spain People’s Movement (PPM).
The Better United coalition comprises:
• Congress of the People (COP), led by Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
• Trinidad & Tobago Democratic Front (TTDF), led by Anthony William
• Democratic Party of Trinidad and Tobago (DPTT), led by Steve Alvarez
• Port of Spain People’s Movement (PPM), led by Louis Lee Sing
According to Lee Sing, Better United can make a significant impact in this election.
“The expectant hope is that we will put into the field a minimum of 15 candidates,” he explained, “and that ought to put us in a position where we can change the politics within the Parliament and the country. Thereby, we can break the paradigm that has existed for many years with only two dominant parties."
Lee Sing says both the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC) have failed to properly govern the country. He argues that there is a need for new and independent voices.
Lee Sing says the motives of the previous Peoples Partnership government also were not in the interest of the country.
“Those parties came together then, not with noble or honourable intentions, but to get rid of the incumbent government,” he points out. “Our mission is different. We want to get into Parliament, so whoever is there can force the agenda of good governance; an agenda of discipline and seriousness, to become the hallmarks of our Parliament,” he added.
Voters in Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls in one month’s time—on Monday 10 August 2020.