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 Elections in Turks and Caicos on February 19

Elections in Turks and Caicos on February 19

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TURKS and Caicos Islands will be heading to the polls on February 19.

The announcement was made over the weekend by Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson.

Nomination Day is set for January 29.

At a rally, Cartwright Robinson told supporters of the People’s Democratic Movement she leads that her party will have a full slate of candidates in the general election.

In her attempt to woo supporters she said, “Our best years are still ahead of us, it is time for you to restore this faith that you have shown, we shall ride the storm and conquer the pandemic. I stand here tonight, unafraid, undoubted. I come to you as a daughter and a sister, a mother and an aunt and because of what you have made me – a leader. As we look forward to renewing and expanding our mandate, confident of our victory. Four years ago we made history and in this year 2021, through the grace of God, history will repeat itself.”

Robinson said, “In spite of all the challenges, we have also kept the economy in tact and now ready for the return of growth this year. But of all the things we have done in these past four years, the thing that I am proudest of the most is that we have allowed this nation to regain its soul. Our governance has reflected the true character of our people, honesty, hard work unselfishness, compassion, reasonableness, filled with integrity and looking out for each other.”

The British Overseas territory has a population of approximately 56,000 people.

Under Constitution that came into effect in October 2012, legislative power is held by a unicameral House of Assembly consisting of 19 seats, 15 elected and four appointed by the governor. Of elected members, five are elected at large and ten from single-member districts for four-year terms.

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