Trinidad and Tobago. In November, local elections were
held, just over a year after the last parliamentary
election. Although the ruling party People's National
Movement (PNM) won the most districts, the election was
still a success for the opposition United National Congress
(UNC), which received the highest number of votes overall.
countryaah, this was likely due to lower voter turnout among PNM's
Since the parliamentary elections in September 2015, UNC
has challenged the result in six smaller constituencies, a
battle that got its resolution in October 2016. After the
issue has been up in several courts, an appeals court
finally ruled that the country's electoral commission did
indeed violate the law when on September election day
extended the vote by one hour due to violent rain. However,
the judges found no reason to hold a re-election for that
In July, one of the country's most influential
politicians passed away in recent decades, Patrick Manning.
He led the PNM for 24 years and served as prime minister for
two periods: 1991–95 and 2001–10. Manning turned 69.