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Country Profile Trinidad and Tobago
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Area: 5,128 sq km (1,980 sq miles) | Population: 1.3 million (UN, 2010)
Capital City: Port of Spain
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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 36 seats.
Electoral Law -
Constituencies 36 single-member 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 36 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
Last Elections 24 May 2010
Next Elections May 2015
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Congress of the People or COP [Winston DOOKERAN]
Democratic Action Congress or DAC [Hochoy CHARLES] (only active in Tobago)
Democratic National Alliance or DNA [Gerald YETMING] (coalition of NAR, DDPT, MND)
Movement for National Development or MND [Garvin NICHOLAS]
National Alliance for Reconstruction or NAR [Dr. Carson CHARLES]
People's National Movement or PNM [Patrick MANNING]
Tobago Organization of the People or TOP [Ashworth JACK]
United National Congress or UNC [Kamla PERSAD-BISSESSAR]
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Year Specific Date Election Type View Results Source
1946 1961 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1956 1966 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1961 1961 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1966 1966 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1971 May 1971 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1976 1976 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1981 1981 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1986 December 1986 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1991 December 1991 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
1995 6 November 1995 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
2000 11 December 2000 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
2001 10 December 2001 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
2002 7 October 2002 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
2007 5 November 2007 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
2010 24 May 2010 Parliamentary View results Elections and Boundaries Commission
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