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News day / The other corporations won by the Opposition are Princes Town Regional; Penal/Debe Regional; Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation; Siparia Regional and Couva/Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional. The battleground Sangre Grande Regional Corporation was split 4-4 between both parties.

The evening had not started off spectacularly on Monday, as by 7.30 pm, only a handful of supporters had gathered at the UNC’s Southern Main Road, Couva headquarters to listen to the results.

And listen they did as the new headquarters lacked some of the amenities of Rienzi Complex as there was no large blackboard to tally results or television monitors to view results as it were being tallied. And while UNC officials did take to the microphones to inform the small gathering about the results, media personnel were forced to resort to monitoring the results on the internet or from their respective news rooms.

By 8.47 pm, when the UNC declared its control of five corporations and the Chaguanas Borough, the crowd grew as more and more persons made the journey to party headquarters including several Opposition MPs.

When UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar arrived at 10.45 pm, the crowd now numbering in the hundreds, spilled on to the streets and were celebratory and boisterous.

In her address, Persad-Bissessar described the election result as “a victory for the people of Trinidad” who had heeded the party’s call to send the Dr Keith Rowley administration a message that there was, “so much pain and suffering that the time for change had come.” “They have now sent that message to the Rowley government and we trust that the Rowley government receives the message and having received that message from the people, the Rowley government would take the necessary steps to ease the pain and suffering of the ordinary people of Trinidad,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar also pledged to “continue to fight” for the ordinary citizens while monitoring the performance of the government.

“As God is my witness, I pledge that we will hold the Rowley government to account to the people,” she said.

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