The Congress of the People has decided that it will not be contesting seats alongside its United National Congress coalition partner at the October 21st local government elections.
The decision was taken at a special general council meeting at the COP’s Operation’s Centre in Charlieville Wednesday evening.
COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan told News Power Now that a decision was taken for the party to contest on its own, all seats on seven of the 14 regional corporations.
She said this is the position the COP will be taking into negotiations with the other People’s Partnership coalition members when they meet on Saturday to finalize allocations of seats.
At the 2010 local government elections, the COP contested a minority number of seats alongside the UNC in all 14 corporations, 12 of which were captured by the PP coalition.
COP mayors were elected in two corporations, Arima and San Fernando, while the UNC controlled nine and the People’s National Movement took charge of the other three – Port of Spain, Point Fortin and San Juan/Laventille.
Among the seven corporations in which the COP intends to field a full slate of candidates are Arima, San Fernando and Diego Martin.