Trinidad and Tobago is expected to get its first female President today when the Electoral College, comprising 42 members of the House of Representatives including the Speaker and 31 members of the Senate, meets this afternoon.
The lone nominee for the position, Justice Paula-Mae Weekes, will not be in Parliament when the vote is taken.
Although there is only one nominee, the Constitution requires that the Electoral College meet and declare a President.
According to the Trinidad Guardian, when it convenes, chairman of the proceedings House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George will lay out events over the past weeks from the announcement of the Government’s nomination of Weekes and the Opposition’s support for her nomination.
The nomination process for the country’s new President closed on January 8.
Justice Paula-Mae Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for 11 years until her retirement in 2016.