Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has warned of Venezuelans being used by the People’s National Movement (PNM) Government to steal the elections.
She was speaking at the United National Congress (UNC) public meeting at the Aranguez North secondary school on Monday night.
She said on May 24 this year Government filed Immigrations Regulations in the Parliament – which the UNC have applied to annul.
The former Prime Minister said these regulations gives power to the Minister in charge of immigration (the National Security Minister) – the power to regularize and naturalise “aliens”.
Aliens in the legislation refers to non-Commonwealth citizens.
“What they have done in those regulations is to give the Minister the power to first give, with the stroke of a pen, he can give what is known as residency status to Venezuelans,” she said.
“When he does that they can then vote in local government elections,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar said the Minister will also have the power to grant citizenship status.
“When you become a citizen you can vote in a general election.
“I am putting the people of Trinidad and Tobago on notice… that this wicked devious PNM Government that is their plan to steal elections whenever they are called,” said Persad-Bissessar.
Persad-Bissessar said she and her team of lawyers including newly appointed Sean Sobers whom she said is versed in immigration law has gone through the regulations with a ‘fine tooth comb’.
She challenged Government Ministers to show her she’s wrong with respect to the immigration regulations.
She noted that the UNC lost some marginal seats by just a few hundred votes in the last election.
“How many venes have you registered? How many venes will become residents and citizens to vote to thief the elections in Trinidad and Tobago? How many?” she asked.