House of Representatives (Trinidad and Tobago)
The House of Representatives is the elected lower house of the bicameral Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the President and Senate of Trinidad and Tobago. The House of Representatives sits at the Red House. It has 41 members, each elected to represent single-seat constituencies. The Parliament is elected with a five-year term, but may be dissolved earlier by the President if so advised by the Prime Minister.
House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
|12th Republican Parliament|
Esmond Forde, PNM
21 or (20 plus the Speaker of the House of Representatives) for a majority
|10 August 2020|
|The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago|
|Trinidad and Tobago portal|
After an election, the person commanding the support of the most members of the House is appointed Prime Minister and asked to form a government.
The Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who can either be one of the elected 41 members, or come from outside. This has implications for the calculation of special majority votes (42 members instead of 41).