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People's National Movement
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People's Partnership
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Head of State President elected by electoral college or committee.
Head of Government Prime Minister is appointed by the President. The President usually appoints the leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives.
Structure of Parliament Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 31 seats and the House of Representatives with 41 seats.
Electoral Law Representation of the People Act
Constituencies 41 single-member electoral districts or constituencies.
Voting System The President is elected by electoral college to serve a 5-year term. In the Senate, 16 members are appointed by the ruling party, 9 members are appointed by the president, and 6 members are appointed by the opposition party. All members serve 5-year terms. In the House of Representatives 41 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.
Term of Office 5 years
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
- Trinidad and Tobago citizens
- residence in country for at least one year and in home district and for at least two months prior to poll
- disqualifications: insanity, electoral offence, sentence of death or imprisonment exceeding 12 months
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements - age: 18 years
- Trinidad and Tobago citizenship
- residence in country for at least two years immediately before nomination or on election date
- ineligibility: allegiance to a foreign State, undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, sentence of death or imprisonment exceeding 12 months, conviction for election-connected offence
- nomination by six or more registered electors of the constituency (district)
- deposit of TT$ 5000.00, which is reimbursed if the candidate polls at least one-eighth of the vote in his district
Electoral Authority Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
Last Elections 7 September 2015
Next Elections September 20202
Year Specific Date   Winning Party Total
  Party % Votes Seats
1946 Mon, 28 Oct 1946   No clear winner - - 9 52.92%
1950 Mon, 18 Sep 1950   British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party 22.07% 6 18 70.10%
1956 Mon, 24 Sep 1956   People's National Movement 39.83% 13 24 80.20%
1961 Mon, 4 Dec 1961   People's National Movement 57.00% 20 30 88.11%
1966 Mon, 7 Nov 1966   People's National Movement 52.44% 24 36 65.79%
1971 Mon, 24 May 1971   People's National Movement 84.14% 36 36 33.17%
1976 Mon, 13 Sep 1976   People's National Movement 54.23% 24 36 55.83%
1981 Mon, 9 Nov 1981   People's National Movement 52.95% 26 36 56.43%
1986 Mon, 15 Dec 1986   National Alliance for Reconstruction 66.29% 33 36 65.45%
1991 Mon, 16 Dec 1991   People's National Movement 45.02% 21 36 65.45%
1995 Mon, 6 Nov 1995   United National Congress + National Alliance for Reconstruction 50.51% 19 36 63.30%
2000 Mon, 11 Dec 2000   United National Congress 51.74% 19 36 63.05%
2001 Mon, 10 Dec 2001   People's National Movement 46.51% 18 36 68.36%
2002 Mon, 7 Oct 2002   People's National Movement 50.89% 20 36 69.64%
2007 Mon, 5 Nov 2007   People's National Movement 46.01% 26 41 69.64%
2010 Mon, 24 May 2010   People's Partnership 39.70% 29 41 69.88%
2015 Mon, 7 Sep 2015   People's National Movement 51.68% 23 41 66.84%
Year Report Download
2000 The Trinidad and Tobago General Election 11 December 2000 - Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group Download
2001 Preliminary Statement issued by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago on 10 December 2001 Download
2010 Final Report of the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 September 2015 Download
2015 Final Report issued by the Commonwealth Observer Group to the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 September 2015 Download
Interim Statement issued by the Commonwealth Observer Group to the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 September 2015 Download
Preliminary Statement issued by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 September 2015 Download
PNM= People's National Movement; PP=People's Partnership; ILP=Independent Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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