The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour says it has begun its monitoring activities to evaluate all Political parties, candidates and their supporters in the  adherence to the Code of Ethical Political Conduct.

It said several Political Parties have already mobilized in preparation for an election which is to be conducted in the midst of a pandemic, coupled with a worldwide movement to end racism and inequality. 

In a media release the Council said the eleventh parliament of Trinidad and Tobago will automatically be dissolved on September 23rd, that is if it is not dissolved sooner.  The Council said once Parliament is dissolved, elections must be held within three months. It noted that the 2020 General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago must therefore be held before December 23rd, 2020.

The council said the first section of the Code of Ethical Political Conduct entitled ‘Commitment’, challenges all persons engaging in the election campaign to, among other things, commit to maintaining the highest moral principles and ethical standards with respect to their conduct. Also on the agenda is the promoting and enforcing of respect, tolerance, harmony and peace among their supporters and the general public.

Practices that promote divisiveness in the society must be refrained from, it notes.