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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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Overview of Electoral System
Here, we provide an overview of the electoral system in the country. Additional information may be found in the Country Browser.
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 -
Constituencies 41 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 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
Last Elections 7 September 2015
Next Elections September 20202
Political Parties
Here, we provide information on active political parties. A more comprehensive list of political parties may be found in our Knowledge Centre.
Party Political Leader
Congress of the People or COP Prakash RAMADHAR
Democratic Action Congress or DAC Hochoy CHARLES
Democratic National Alliance or DNA(coalition of NAR, DDPT, MND) Gerald YETMING
Movement for National Development or MND Garvin NICHOLAS
People's National Movement or PNM Keith ROWLEY
Tobago Organization of the People or TOP Ashworth JACK
United National Congress or UNC Kamla PERSAD-BISSESSAR
Past Elections
Here, we provide links to results of past elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to assist us in filling any observed gaps. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
Date Election Type Winning Party % Votes by Winning Party Seats Total Seats Voter Turnout View Results
28 Oct 1946 Parliamentary No clear winner - - 9 52.92% View results
18 Sep 1950 Parliamentary British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party 22.07% 6 18 70.10% View results
24 Sep 1956 Parliamentary People's National Movement 39.61% 13 24 80.64% View results
4 Dec 1961 Parliamentary People's National Movement 57.00% 20 30 88.11% View results
7 Nov 1966 Parliamentary People's National Movement 52.44% 24 36 65.79% View results
24 May 1971 Parliamentary People's National Movement 84.14% 36 36 33.17% View results
13 Sep 1976 Parliamentary People's National Movement 54.23% 24 36 55.83% View results
9 Sep 1981 Parliamentary People's National Movement 52.95% 26 36 56.43% View results
15 Dec 1986 Parliamentary National Alliance for Reconstruction 66.29% 33 36 65.45% View results
15 Dec 1991 Parliamentary People's National Movement 45.07% 21 36 65.45% View results
6 Nov 1995 Parliamentary United National Congress + National Alliance for Reconstruction 50.51% 19 36 63.30% View results
11 Dec 2000 Parliamentary United National Congress 51.74% 19 36 63.05% View results
10 Dec 2001 Parliamentary People's National Movement 46.51% 18 36 68.36% View results
7 Oct 2002 Parliamentary People's National Movement 50.89% 20 36 69.64% View results
5 Nov 2007 Parliamentary People's National Movement 46.01% 26 41 69.64% View results
24 May 2010 Parliamentary People's Partnership 60.03% 29 41 69.45% View results
7 Sep 2015 Parliamentary People's National Movement 51.68% 23 41 66.84% View results
Source: Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
Party Manifestos
Here, we provide party manifestos from previous elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of manifestos in our Reading Room.
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PNM 2015 Manifesto PNM 2010 Manifesto PNM 2007 Manifesto  
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PP 2015 Manifesto PP 2013 Local Government Manifesto PP 2010 Manifesto PP 2010 Local Government Manifesto
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MSJ 2013 Manifesto      
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