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. According to countryaah, the current population of Trinidad and Tobago is 1,399,499. This was likely due to lower voter turnout among PNM’s supporters.
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. According to thereligionfaqs, 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 matter.
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.