House of Representatives (Trinidad and Tobago)

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House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
12th Republican Parliament
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Bridgid Annisette-George[a]
since 23 September 2015
Deputy Speaker
Esmond Forde, PNM
since 23 September 2015
Keith Rowley, PNM
since 9 September 2015
Leader of Government Business
Camille Robinson-Regis, PNM
since 23 September 2015
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, UNC
since 23 September 2015
Opposition Chief Whip
David A. Lee, UNC
since 23 September 2015
21 or (20 plus the Speaker of the House of Representatives) for a majority
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Political groups
  •   People's National Movement (22)

Official Opposition

Last election
10 August 2020
Next election
Meeting place
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The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Constitution of 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.

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.

Five constituencies were added in the 2007 election; there were only 36 constituencies prior to 2007. There are now 41 constituencies.

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).

As of 20 April 2021, there are only 12 female members (28.6%),[2] and three members born in Tobago (7.3%).

Election 2020[edit]

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People's National Movement322,25049.08–2.6022–1
United National Congress309,18847.09+7.4819+2
Progressive Democratic Patriots10,3671.58New0New
Progressive Empowerment Party5,9330.90New0New
Independent Liberal Party3,8170.58–0.1200
Movement for Social Justice1,2230.19New0New
Movement for National Development1,0390.16New0New
New National Vision4930.08–0.0400
Trinidad Humanity Campaign3660.06+0.0400
National Organisation of We the People3100.05New0New
National Coalition for Transformation2340.04–0.0100
Progressive Party2110.03New0New
One Tobago Voice800.01New0New
Unrepresented Peoples Party730.01New0New
Unity of the People400.01New0New
The National Party230.00New0New
Valid votes656,52299.73
Invalid/blank votes1,7750.27
Total votes658,297100.00
Registered voters/turnout1,134,13558.04
Source: EBCTT, IPU
Results of the 2020 general election – winning party vote strength by constituency.

Current members of Parliament[edit]

Speaker of the House of Representatives[edit]

Office Name Party Appointed by Since
Speaker of the House of Representatives
PNM 9 September 2015

The current members of Parliament are listed below based on the results of the 2020 general election:

Constituency Party Member of Parliament Notes
1 Arima   PNM Pennelope Beckles
2 Arouca/Maloney   PNM Camille Robinson-Regis Leader of Government Business the House
3 Barataria/San Juan   UNC Saddam Hosein
4 Caroni Central   UNC Arnold Ram
5 Caroni East   UNC Rishad Seecheran
6 Chaguanas East   UNC Vandana Mohit
7 Chaguanas West   UNC Dinesh Rambally
8 Couva North   UNC Ravi Ratiram
9 Couva South   UNC Rudranath Indarsingh
10 Cumuto/Manzanilla   UNC Rai Ragbir
11 D'Abadie/O'Meara   PNM Lisa Morris-Julian
12 Diego Martin Central   PNM Symon de Nobriga
13 Diego Martin North/East   PNM Colm Imbert
14 Diego Martin West   PNM Keith Rowley Prime Minister
15 Fyzabad   UNC Lackram Bodoe
16 La Brea   PNM Stephen McClutchie
17 La Horquetta/Talparo   PNM Foster Cummings
18 Laventille East/Morvant   PNM Adrian Leonce
19 Laventille West   PNM Fitzgerald Hinds
20 Lopinot/Bon Air West   PNM Marvin Gonzales
21 Mayaro   UNC Rushton Paray
22 Naparima   UNC Rodney Charles
23 Oropouche East   UNC Roodal Moonilal
24 Oropouche West   UNC Davendranath Tancoo
25 Point Fortin   PNM Kennedy Richards
26 Pointe-à-Pierre   UNC David Lee Opposition Chief Whip
27 Port of Spain North/St. Ann's West   PNM Stuart Young
28 Port of Spain South   PNM Keith Scotland
29 Princes Town   UNC Barry Padarath
30 Moruga/Tableland   UNC Michelle Benjamin
31 San Fernando East   PNM Brian Manning
32 San Fernando West   PNM Faris Al Rawi
33 Siparia   UNC Kamla Persad-Bissessar Leader of the Opposition
34 St. Ann's East   PNM Nyan Gadsby-Dolly
35 St. Augustine   UNC Khadijah Ameen
36 St. Joseph   PNM Terrence Deyalsingh
37 Tabaquite   UNC Anita Haynes
38 Tobago East   PNM Ayanna Webster-Roy
39 Tobago West   PNM Shamfa Cudjoe
40 Toco/Sangre Grande   PNM Roger Monroe
41 Tunapuna   PNM Esmond Forde Deputy Speaker of the House

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Annisette-George was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives under the nomination of the PNM. However, the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is officially one without political affiliation.[1]
  1. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago Parliament". Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Monthly ranking of women in national parliaments". Parline: the IPU’s Open Data Platform. Retrieved 2021-04-21.

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