List of political parties in Trinidad and Tobago


This article lists political parties in Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago has a two-party system, which means that there are two dominant political parties, with extreme difficulty for anybody to achieve electoral success under the banner of any other party.

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The People's National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC) are the two biggest political parties, and have supplied every Prime Minister since 1991. The PNM has governed Trinidad and Tobago from 1956–86, 1991–95, and 2001 to 2010, and currently serves as the government. The UNC governed from 1995-2001 and from 2010-2015.

Political parties with representation at a local or national level


Name Founded Orientation Leader(s) House of Representatives Senate Councillors in municipal
corporations
Municipal corporations Tobago House of Assembly Membership TT vote share % (2015 general election)[1]
People's National Movement 1955 Centre to Centre-left, Liberalism, Social liberalism, Moderate nationalism Keith Rowley
23 / 41
16 / 31
74 / 139
7 / 14
10 / 12
80,000[2] 51.7
United National Congress 1989 Centre-left, Democratic socialism, Social democracy, Third Way Kamla Persad-Bissessar
17 / 41
6 / 31
65 / 139
7 / 14
0 / 12
95,244[3] (November 2015) 39.6
Congress of the People 2006 Centre-left, Reformism Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
1 / 41
0 / 31
0 / 139
0 / 14
0 / 12
40,000[4] (November 2017) 6.0
Progressive Democratic Patriots 2016 Tobagonian independence Watson Duke
0 / 41
0 / 31
0 / 139
0 / 14
2 / 12
Not published N/A
Progressive Empowerment Party 2017 Accountability, Transparency, Integrity Phillip Edward Alexander
0 / 41
0 / 31
0 / 139
0 / 14
0 / 12
15,000 N/A

Other parties with symbols registered with the Elections And Boundaries Commission (EBC)

Defunct or dormant political parties

Parties which have won seats in elections are in bold.

See also


References


  • Matthias Catón: "Trinidad and Tobago" in: Elections in the Americas. A Data Handbook, vol. 1, ed. by Dieter Nohlen. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005: pp. 627–646 ISBN 0-19-928357-5
  • Kirk Meighoo: Politics in a Half Made Society: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2002, 2003 ISBN 1-55876-306-6
  • Perry Mars: Ideology and Change: The Transformation of the Caribbean Left, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1998. 230p.
Specific
  1. "Constituency Vote Count". EBC. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. Browne, Juhel. "80,000 PNM Members Eligible To Vote In Party Elect". Caribbean Communications Network.
  3. "95,244 eligible to vote in UNC polls". www.guardian.co.tt.
  4. "Dyer-Griffith: COP is the 'one per cent party'". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 21 November 2017.
  5. "Name of new Tobago party approved by EBC". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  6. https://www.peptt.com/
  7. "New Green Party formed". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  8. https://www.oic-online.com/