Kamla claims victory; Vasant concedes

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    Kamla Persad-Bissessar has claimed victory in the UNC’s internal elections, defeating her only contender Vasant Bharath for the top position.

    The preliminary results showed her in a clear lead over Mr. Bharath by a few thousand votes.

    Mrs. Persad-Bissessar claims her entire slate would be victorious when the official results come in, stating there was clear trend towards that outcome.

    On her Facebook page, she posted “The Star Team last night claimed victory in the UNC’s internal polls, there was a clear trend that the Star slate was going to win when the official results came in. Leadership challenger Vasant Bharath conceded. We congratulate the Star Team of candidates, and wish them all success during their term of office.”

    The final results have not yet been published.

    Mr. Bharath, meanwhile, who also fielded a full slate of candidates, says his team accepts the decision and congratulated the opponents, while wishing them success in their term of office.

    He also offered to help “in the urgent and extensive exercise of rebuilding and renewing the UNC.”

    Mr. Bharath also claims there were “widespread irregularities”, saying their documented objections during the campaign were never addressed.

    But, he also urged all party members not to engage in recriminations, saying it would only harm an organisation that requires unity in order to displace the PNM at the next general election.