Trinidad and Tobago could become the first Caribbean island with a female Prime Minister of Indian origin following a general election there today.
Kamla Persad Bissessar became leader of the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) just four months ago and is on track to nab the twin island republic’s leadership.
There are nearly 100 candidates in constituencies being contested by the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) led by Patrick Manning and a ‘People’s Partnership’ coalition of opposition groups dominated by the UNC.
Opposition leaders hope to replicate the UK’s coalition government and have brokered deals with opposition groups including the Coalition of the People.
Voting takes place between 6am and 6pm, and employers are legally required to give employees two hours off to vote during the day.
Manning became leader of the PNM in 1987 and has won three past general elections.
This year’s election was called just two and a half years into the constitutionally permitted five-year term.