ONLY after the nomination process is over will the United National Congress meet with it coalition partners for negotiations over seat allocations.
UNC chairman Kadijha Ameen said yesterday, only the best man or woman will be nominated to contest the seat for the partnership.
“We are very mindful that we are in a partnership and UNC will not be contesting all of the 41 seats. We are very committed to the partnership and I believe, and this is my personal opinion and not the party’s position, that by having nominees from all the parties will make for a better candidate when we meet at the negotiation table. The better candidate will be chosen,” she said. The UNC’s partners are the Congress of the People (COP), National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP).
Ameen said during the negotiation process, it will be decided which constituencies the UNC will contest.
Nominations for UNC candidates began last Monday at Rienzi Complex, Couva, and it continues this week.
So far, a total of 170 nominations forms have been collected.
Speaking at a constituency awards function in Cunupia yesterday, Caroni East MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh said he too will be seeking re-election and has the support of the party groups in the constituency.